Woman Who Tackled Unite the Right Rally Organizer Appeals Conviction
Phoebe Stevens was given sentenced to 50 hours of community service for tackling Jason Kessler, but is appealing her conviction.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A woman who tackled Unite the Right Rally organizer Jason Kessler on August 13, 2017 is appealing her conviction in Charlottesville Circuit Court on Thursday.
A judge found 36-year-old Phoebe Stevens guilty in February on a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery against the self-described white activist.
Stevens is one of four people who were initially charged with misdemeanor assault and battery charges for hitting, spitting, or tackling Kessler at his press conference in front of Charlottesville City Hall the day after the August 12, 2017 rally. Stevens turned herself over to police after reportedly tackling Kessler.
After Stevens was found guilty in February 2018, she was ordered to complete 50 hours of community service.
Stevens waived her right to a speedy trial and will be back in Circuit Court on February 14 of 2019 for a jury trial.