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Man with flamethrower at rally guilty of disorderly conduct

June 8, 2018
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Corey Long, flanked by Malik Shabbaz, left, and Imam Akbar, right, raises his fist in front of local media outside Charlottesville General District court after being sentenced on Friday, June 8, 2018 in Charlottesville, Va. According to the Daily Progress, Long received 20 days in prison for disorderly conduct for using a paint can as a flame thrower during the Aug. 12 "Unite the Right" rally last summer. (Zack Wajsgras/The Daily Progress via AP)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A black man accused of using an improvised flamethrower during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville has been convicted of disorderly conduct.

Local news outlets report Corey Long was found guilty Friday and ordered to serve 20 days in jail.

An Associated Press photographer captured an image of Long firing the flamethrower toward a man wielding a flagpole during the Aug. 12 rally that drew hundreds of white nationalists and counterprotesters. The image went viral.

Long had also faced a charge of assault and battery in connection with a separate incident that day, but it was dropped because prosecutors could not reach the alleged victim.

A crowd of supporters gathered outside the courthouse Friday morning, protesting the charges against Long.

His attorney couldn’t immediately be reached by AP for comment.

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