A Chesapeake man was sentenced Thursday to three years in jail after he pleaded guilty to driving his truck toward a group of Black Lives Matter protesters and angrily confronting several of them while wielding a hatchet.
Emanuel “Manny” Wilder also was ordered by substitute Virginia Beach District Court Judge Jon Babineau to pay back the $1,856 it cost law enforcement to extradite him from Florida. The 20-year-old was arrested in Lake City, Florida, last year after he failed to appear for trial in Virginia Beach.
“He was acting in a totally irrational manner, full of hatred,” Babineau said after watching two videos played by prosecutor Janee Joslin. “This could easily have been a situation in which there were multiple fatalities.”