White nationalist sentenced in California Capitol melee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The only white supremacist charged in a 2016 melee at the California state Capitol that injured at least 14 people has been sentenced to four years in state prison.

William Scott Planer was sentenced Wednesday after pleading no contest in April to assault likely to produce great bodily injury.

Sacramento County prosecutors say he knocked a defenseless person unconscious with a pole during a fight between members of the white-nationalist Traditionalist Worker Party and anti-fascist counter-protesters.

A social media video shows him hitting her with a full baseball bat-like swing.

Three counter-protesters are meanwhile preparing for a separate trial on assault charges from the same confrontation.

At least 14 participants were stabbed or had cuts and bruises, with two surviving critical stabbings. Police also recovered a loaded gun.

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