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Man pleads guilty to riot conspiracy after Virginia rally

November 30, 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — One of four California men accused of violently attacking counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia last year has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to riot.

Cole Evan White entered the guilty plea Friday in U.S. District Court and admitted to traveling across the country to commit acts of violence at the torch-lit march at the University of Virginia and the Unite the Right Rally.

The 24-year-old Clayton, California, man is one of four men prosecutors identified as members of the Rise Above Movement, a militant white supremacist group that they said espouses anti-Semitic and other racist views and meets regularly to train in boxing and other fighting techniques.

White faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing, which has not been scheduled yet.

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