Charlottesville Neo-Nazi Marine Found Guilty At Summary Court-Martial

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White nationalists preparing to enter Emancipation Park holding Nazi, Confederate, and Gadsden "Don't Tread on Me" flags during the at the so-called 'Unite The Right' rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017

White nationalists preparing to enter Emancipation Park holding Nazi, Confederate, and Gadsden "Don't Tread on Me" flags during the at the so-called 'Unite The Right' rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017

A Marine who was accused of marching with white supremacists and attacking a protester at last year’s “Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was found guilty a summary court-martial on Monday, officials told Task & Purpose.

  • Lance Cpl. Vasillios Pistolis was sentenced to 28 days of confinement, reduction in rank to E-1, and forfeiture of two-thirds pay for one month, 1st Lt. Samir J. Glenn-Roundtree told Task & Purpose, adding that the Marine will be afforded seven days to submit a request for clemency.
  • Pistolis had been charged with failure to obey an order or regulation and making a false official statement under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, T&P; was informed on earlier on Monday.
  • ProPublica reported in May that Pistolis is a member of a neo-Nazi group and bragged in an online chat room about attacking a woman at the Aug. 12, 2017 rally.
  • Pistolis is assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion-8, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
  • Two other Marines from Camp Lejeune were arrested in May 2017 for flying a white supremacist banner at a pro-confederate rally in Graham, North Carolina. Sgt. Michael Chesny was administratively separated from the Marine Corps on April 11 for taking part in “extremist activities;” and Staff Sgt. Joseph Manning was discharged on Dec. 8, 2017, Corps officials told Task & Purpose.

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