The Trump supporter who elbowed an African-American man in the face at a North Carolina rally before warning, “we might have to kill him,” has made amends with the man he hit.

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John Franklin McGraw, 79, apologized to the protester, Rakeem Jones, in a Cumberland County courtroom Wednesday. After accepting the apology, Jones and McGraw shared a hug.

McGraw was originally charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct, but the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office later charged him with communicating threats after investigators saw the video.


On Wednesday, McGraw pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct and assault. McGraw was sentenced to a suspended 30-day jail sentence and a year probation.