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Nathan Damigo’s day in a Virginia court results in a misdemeanor conviction

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A Virginia court has convicted Nathan Damigo, a white supremacist who lives near Oakdale, of a misdemeanor related to the deadly August clash in Charlottesville.

Damigo, 31, appeared Friday in Charlottesville District Court, where a judge found him and two co-defendants guilty of “failing to disperse in a riot,” online court records said.

“Not surprised a judge in the corrupt city of Charlottesville ruled against us,” Damigo said on Twitter afterward. “I will be appealing today’s ruling. This isn’t over yet!”

Damigo helped organize an Aug. 12 alt-right rally that drew a large number of counter-demonstrators. One of them, 32-year-old Helen Heyer, was killed when another white nationalist allegedly drove into the crowd.

Damigo is a former Marine who served a prison term for robbing a Middle Eastern cab driver. He was seen on video earlier this year punching a woman at a Berkeley clash.

Damigo founded a group called Identity Evropa to promote his beliefs. He is studying social science at California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock. His presence inspired anti-hate resolutions by city councils there and in Oakdale.

The Virginia court records did not list a penalty for the conviction. A local news site, www.c-ville.com, said Judge Robert Downer levied $200 fines against Damigo and JonPaul Struys. The third defendant, Evan McLaren, was fined $100.

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