"White supremacist" sentenced to prison

A Columbus man, who police know as a self-proclaimed "white supremacist", is heading to jail after pepper spraying a black man.

Michael Carothers, also known as Michael Weaver, was facing charges of aggravated assault after pepper spraying a black man for no apparent reason in December of last year.

Tuesday in Superior Court Carothers decided to forgo a trial for his charge and enter a guilty plea. The District Attorneys office told the court that Carothers had previously been arrested for threatening to kill a 15-year-old girl, had been cited for passing out anti-semantic flyers, and even threatening Columbus police officers.

Michael Carothers was sentenced to ten years in prison with one to serve, plus he is ordered to stay away from the victims and any law enforcement officials in our area.

The judge also banished him from living anywhere in the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit, which is all of the seven surrounding counties.

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