White nationalist who harassed woman at Trump rally ordered to serve 38 days in jail
A judge ordered Heimbach to jail for violating his probation on a conviction for physically harassing a woman during a protest at a 2016 rally for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in Louisville.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- White nationalist Matthew Heimbach on Tuesday was ordered to serve 38 days in jail for violating his probation on a conviction for physically harassing a woman during a protest at a 2016 rally for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in Louisville.
Heimbach, the founder of the Traditionalist Worker Party, was originally fined $145, sentenced to 90 days in jail and ordered to attend anger management classes in 2017 after he entered a guilty plea to disorderly conduct for harassing an African-American woman at the Trump rally.
Instead of serving the jail time, the judge allowed Heimbach to be discharged on probation on condition that he get anger management treatment and have no additional run-ins with the law for a period of two years.
But in March, Heimbach was charged with misdemeanor battery and felony domestic battery in the presence of a child under 16 after authorities say he attacked his wife in Orange County, Ind. As a result of those charges, prosecutors asked District Court Judge Stephanie Burke to revoke Heimbach's probation.
Prosecutors agreed on the reduced number of days in jail in order to ensure Heimbach was taken into custody Tuesday and serve all 38 days.
Heimbach's attorney, Jay Lambert, said part of the deal includes a stipulation that the sentence is not an admission of guilt. Heimbach has pleaded not guilty to the assault charges in Indiana.
Lambert told Judge Burke that Heimbach had completed his anger management treatment.
Heimbach did not say anything as he was taken into custody. He still could serve the remaining days of his 90-day sentence - 52 days - if he again violates his probation.
"Mr. Heimbach, I really hope I do not see you back in this court," Burke said.
In his most recent case, court documents say that Heimbach was having an affair with his female landlord. Her husband, the stepfather of Heimbach's wife, told police he caught his wife and Heimbach "preparing to have sex." When he confronted them, Heimbach twisted the man's arm and choked him, according to court documents.
Heimbach's wife later told police he "physically attacked my stepfather." The victim called police, after which Heimbach told his wife to "tell the cops to leave."
"I kept refusing to dismiss police," the woman told officers. "He then grabbed my face and threw me onto the bed. My cheeks bled a little. The officer came in and took him to the car."
Court documents say Heimbach committed the alleged assault "in the presence of a child less than 16 years of age, knowing that the child was present and might be able to see or hear the offense."
Heimbach's original 90-day sentence stemmed from a March 1, 2016, rally in Louisville, when Trump's shouts of "Get em' out of here!" are what protesters say started violence at the Kentucky International Convention Center.
Video shows people pushing, shoving and shouting. A high school student, a college student and a special education teacher said they were in the thick of it all and were attacked.
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