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Maryland Man Guilty of Firing Pistol Near Charlottesville School May Appeal

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Richard Preston preparing to fire a shot at Corey Long (Courtesy ACLU of Virginia) Richard Preston preparing to fire a shot at Corey Long (Courtesy ACLU of Virginia)
Richard Wilson Preston Richard Wilson Preston
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A Maryland man who was caught on video firing a gun in downtown Charlottesville last summer may appeal his conviction.

Richard Wilson Preston went before a judge in Charlottesville Circuit Court Wednesday, September 5. The 53-year-old man is serving a four-year sentence for firing a weapon within 1,000 feet of a school.

Preston, who reportedly has ties to the Ku Klux Klan, fired a single bullet in the direction of Corey Long during the Unite the Right rally on August 12, 2017.

Judge Richard Moore informed Preston during Wednesday’s hearing that he qualifies for a court-appointed attorney if he chooses to appeal the conviction.   

Preston told the judge that he is attempting to sell his home and land, which is listed for $150,000.

Moore warned Preston that if he does sell the home, then he will no longer qualify for court-appointed counsel.

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