Man pleads guilty to riot conspiracy in Virginia rally

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A member of a white supremacist group has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to riot at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

Thomas Walter Gillen is one of four California men prosecutors identified as members of the Rise Above Movement, a militant white supremacist group that trains in fighting techniques.

Gillen entered his guilty plea on Monday. Another member, Cole Evan White, pleaded guilty to the same charge in November.

All four men were accused of committing violent acts during a torch-lit march at the University of Virginia and the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in August 2017.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen said Gillen admitted that he and other RAM members attended the rally and other political demonstrations in California “to incite and commit acts of violence.”

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