John Franklin McGraw, the 79-year-old man who sucker-punched a black man at a Trump rally, received probation for the incident but is now vowing to help heal the country.
McGraw was captured on video punching Rakeem Jones, but the two hugged it out at the courthouse. Jones had been charged with charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct as well as communicating threats after he suggested in video after the incident that he wasn’t sorry and that he “might have to kill” Jones if he came back.
But after being given one year of unsupervised probation, McGraw apologized to Jones and said that his attack was not motivated by race but instead was just because he had been caught up in the “political mess.”
Jones accepted McGraw’s apology, and the two hugged and agreed to work together to heal the divided country. The judge who sentenced McGraw said that he was pleased the two had been able to come together to resolve the incident peacefully.
“It just felt good being able to shake his hand…and face him,” Jones said.