Unite the Right counter-protester to be sentenced for malicious wounding

The maximum prison sentence is 20 years

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A man could face up to 20 years in prison for charges related to August's deadly violence in Charlottesville. 

Police arrested Donald Blakney on Friday and charged him with malicious wounding.

A criminal complaint says Blakney hit a protester in the head with a stick. Blakney was released on a $2,000 bond. 

The National Lawyers Guild says the suspect is the third counter-protester charged with a crime from the riot that left one woman dead. 

The guild says a man associated with the Unite the Right rally hit Blakney and yelled racial slurs at him. It is calling for the charges to be dropped. 

Copyright 2018 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.