White nationalist who harassed protester at Louisville Trump rally released from Metro Corrections

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP/WDRB) -- A white nationalist has been released from Louisville Metro Corrections after serving a sentence for violating his probation when he harassed a protester at a 2016 Donald Trump campaign rally in Louisville.

Louisville Metro Department of Corrections spokesman Steve Durham says Matthew Heimbach was released from the city's jail on Saturday.

In May, a judge sentenced Heimbach to 38 days in jail for a probation violation stemming from a domestic abuse incident.

Court records show Heimbach was arrested in Paoli, Indiana, in March on battery charges. Authorities say he assaulted his wife's stepfather, David Matthew Parrott, as they argued over Heimbach's alleged affair with Parrott's wife.

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 the 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.

Heimbach was one of the scheduled speakers at last summer's "Unite the Right" white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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