Grand Jury indicts 4 members of alt-right group for inciting riot in Charlottesville
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Four men from California have been indicted by a federal grand jury for inciting violence in Charlottesville last year.
Benjamin Drake Daley, 25, of Redondo Beach California, Thomas Walter Gillen, 24, of Redondo Beach, California, Michael Paul Miselis, 29, of Lawndale, California, and Cole Evan White, 24, of Clayton, California were all arrested on October 2, 2018.
According to prosecutors, the indictment charges each man with one count of conspiracy to violate the federal riots act and one count of "traveling in interstate commerce from California to Charlottesville, Virginia with the intent to incite a riot, organize, promote, encourage, participate in, and carry on in a riot, to commit an act of violence in furtherance of a riot, or aid or abet any person inciting and participating in or carrying on in a riot."
Prosecutors have previously claimed Daley, Miselis, Gillen and White were members of the "Rise Above Movement," (RAM) a militant white-supremacist organization based in Southern California, who had traveled to Charlottesville with the intent to encourage, promote, incite, participate in, and commit violent acts in furtherance of a riot.
The indictment also charges the men with participating in both the lit-torch rally on the University of Virginia campus on the night of August 11, 2017 and the Unite the Right rally the following day.
The indictment says the men flew from California to Charlottesville during and renting lodging with credit and debit cards during that weekend.
The FBI and Virginia State Police conducted the investigation into these allegations, and U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Kavanaugh are prosecuting the case for the United States.
According to prosecutors, the indictment by a Grand Jury is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.