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Torch-carrying marchers indicted in Charlottesville rally : NPR

A Virginia grand jury has indicted multiple people on felony charges for carrying flaming torches on Aug. 11, 2017, at a gathering of white nationalists in Charlottesville with the intent to intimidate. The Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office did not say how many people had been indicted, but according to electronic court records, three people have been named – William Zachary Smith of Texas, Tyler Bradley Dykes of South Carolina, and Dallas Medina of Ohio – each on a single count of burning an object with the intent of intimidating a person or group, carrying a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison. The incident led to violence over two days of demonstrations, when white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville in the largest gathering in a decade, with clashes occurring when James Alex Fields Jr, a white supremacist from Ohio, rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring dozens. Fields is currently serving a life sentence for murder and hate crimes. The indictments were issued “as part of a criminal investigation that is active and ongoing,” prosecutors said, adding they work with law enforcement to investigate and analyze applicable laws and bring charges “when appropriate”.

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