Man gets 3 years for driving truck toward BLM protestors

Posted at 8:45 AM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 08:45:26-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man was sentenced to three years in jail for driving his truck toward a group of Black Lives Matter protesters. The Virginian-Pilot reports 20-year-old Emanuel “Manny” Wilder was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to all the charges against him, including reckless driving. The incident happened on May 31, 2020. In court, Wilder was seen on video shirtless, wielding a hatchet and yelling racial obscenities at the group of protesters. In another video, he’s seen driving his truck toward them. Wilder apologized in court. His attorney asked that Wilder be sentenced to time served but the judge disagreed, stating hate wouldn't be tolerated in the community.