A second white supremacist involved in the violent beating of a black man during the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville was convicted Thursday on malicious wounding charges.
Georgia native Alex Michael Ramos, 34, is looking at 5 to 20 years behind bars for his role in one of the most defining scenes from the white supremacist rally in the Virginia college town last August, where six men beat DeAndre Harris in a parking garage.
According to reporters in the courtroom Thursday, Charlottesville detective Declan Hickey testified against Ramos, and cited a Facebook post written by the defendant seemingly boasting about the Aug. 12 events.
“We stomped some ass,” Ramos wrote. “Getting some was fucking fun.”
In the viral video of the beating, Ramos is seen wearing a red MAGA hat and a white tank top, and along with five other white supremacists, converging on Harris and beating him as he lay curled on the garage floor.
Harris, 20, a former special ed instructor, sustained serious injuries, including a head laceration that required 10 staples, a spinal injury, a broken wrist, and a chipped tooth.
Ramos’ conviction by a jury in the Charlottesville Circuit Court comes two days after Jacob Scott Goodwin, another man who beat Harris, was found guilty of the same charge and faces up to 10 years in prison.
Jurors deliberated for just 35 minutes before returning a verdict Thursday after a two-day trial. Ramos waived his right to take the stand. His lawyers did not present evidence in his defense but instead asked that the charges be downgraded to the less serious offenses of assault and battery. Their request was denied.
The beating was one defining event on the day when hundreds of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and anti-Semites descended on the college town, marching and carrying torches and spewing racist slogans. One counterprotester was killed when a man drove his car into the crowd.
In the months following the Charlottesville violence, white supremacists launched a campaign to discredit Harris’ version of events and portray him as the aggressor rather than the victim. After unsuccessfully attempting to file reports with the Charlottesville Police Department and the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, white supremacists associated with League of the South, a neo-Confederate group, filed a report with the magistrate’s office, who put a warrant out for Harris’ arrest. He was charged with felony assault, which was later downgraded to a misdemeanor. In March, Charlottesville Central District Judge Robert H. Downer Jr. exonerated Harris.
Two other men will be tried later this summer in connection with the Harris beating, Tyler Watkins Davis from Florida and Daniel Borden from Ohio. Ramos’ sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 23.