The organizer of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville that turned deadly has been indicted by an Albemarle County grand jury after lying in a sworn statement. A grand jury decided to indict Kessler on a felony perjury charge after court records show he gave a statement to a magistrate on January 23, 2017 claiming he was assaulted by a man named James Taylor while gathering signatures at the Downtown Mall.
Kessler ended up pleading guilty to assaulting Taylor and charges were dropped against Taylor. Kessler told the court he did in fact punch Taylor in the face after he 'vandalized' his petition. Kessler said, "He and his buddy came over, they scribbled on my petition and vandalized it. James didn't want to have a conversation with me, he yelled you're a….and he called me a name. I felt threatened and I hit him to get him away from me."
Taylor's side of the story, "He handed me his clipboard so I could read it and I handed it back to him. I said what I said to him and he didn't like it." Kessler and Taylor exchanged curse words and that is when Kessler punched him in the face and said, "Man to man, yell in a man's face and expect to get punched in the face."
Kessler later admitted "I'll admit that what I did was not legal, I was having a bad day. I've never done anything like this before and it will never happen again."
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