Ohio man gets nearly 4-year sentence for beating black man during Charlottesville rally

Daniel Borden was one of four men charged in the beating of DeAndre Harris during the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville.

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By Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — An Ohio man was sentenced Monday to just under four years in prison for his role in the beating of a black man the day of a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

Daniel Borden was sentenced to 20 years, but most of that sentence was suspended. His active sentence amounts to three years and 10 months.

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Borden, of Huber Heights, Ohio, was one of four men charged in the Aug. 12, 2017, beating of DeAndre Harris in Charlottesville.

This booking photo released Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office shows Daniel Borden, of suburban Cincinnati, charged in connection to violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., circa August 2017.Hamilton County Sheriff's Office via AP

Last year, Borden entered an Alford plea to malicious wounding. The plea means Borden did not admit guilt, but acknowledged prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.

WVIR-TV in Charlottesville reports that during his sentencing hearing Monday, Borden told the judge he is not a bigot and is remorseful. He also apologized to Harris, who was not in the courtroom.

"As with all prosecutions surrounding the August 12, 2017 attack of DeAndre Harris, this office is hopeful that today's outcome brings some measure of solace and closure to him and the community at large," Commonwealth's Attorney Joseph Platania said after Borden was sentenced.

The Unite the Right rally had been organized by white nationalists in part to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The day was marked by violence.

One woman was killed and dozens were injured when a car driven by James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio, plowed into a crowd of people who gathered to protest the white nationalists.

Fields, 21, was convicted of first-degree murder and other charges last month. The jury recommended a sentence of life, plus 419 years. Sentencing is scheduled for March 29.