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Last Two Federal Defendants Plead Guilty to Charlottesville Riot Charges

Four days after two others pleaded guilty to similar conspiracy-to-riot charges, two men who traveled from California to participate in the deadly Unite the Right rally in 2017 submitted guilty pleas to a federal judge in Charlottesville today.

The two were part of a now-disbanded white supremacist group called the Rise Above Movement, and the government says they caused a melee August 12 and admitted to beating counter-protesters with torches the prior night after marching through the University of Virginia.

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Prosecuting attorney Thomas Cullen said, "They came to commit acts of violence in furtherance of their political agenda."

Despite their guilty pleas, Benjamin Drake Daley and Michael Paul Miselis have indicated they'll appeal their convictions on constitutional grounds.

University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias said, "These are very difficult areas because there are strong protections under the First Amendment."

The two may appeal after their sentencing in July.


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