64-year-old activist Nathan Phillips, who gathered a lot of attention on social media recently, turned out to be a convicted criminal with various charges such as prison break, assault, and alcohol abuse.
The elderly man stepped into the spotlight last week when he was recorded on video loudly arguing with a Kentucky high school student and some of his classmates.
It appears that Phillips, born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, had a very turbulent life in his early 20s.
In 1974, at the young age of 19, he was charged with escape from the Nebraska Penal Complex, where he was confined.
Later in time, the young Phillips also had to face the allegations of assault, negligent driving, and underage drinking for three consecutive years, starting from 1972 until 1975.
Following his charges, Phillips was sentenced to one year of probation and a $200 fine.
However, he did not stop there, as in 1978; he was caught driving a car without a valid license.
Furthermore, Phillips was also deceitful about his duties during his military services for the US Marines.
According to him, he took part in the Vietnam war, but it was later discovered that he was never stationed outside of the United States of America, where he served as a refrigerator technician.
It appears that Phillips was part of the US Marines in the period between 1972 and 1976 and achieved the rank of a private in April 1975.
The ex-marine started the confrontation with the high school students while he was attending the Indigenous Peoples March and saw them behaving disrespectfully and arguing with some protesters.
Nick Sandmann, the young student in a viral video with Phillips, does not think that he has to apologize after their tense interaction.
Sandmann stated: "As far as standing there, I had every right to do so. My position is that I was not disrespectful to Mr. Phillips. I respect him. I’d like to talk to him. I mean, in hindsight, I wish we could’ve walked away and avoided the whole thing. But I can’t say that I’m sorry for listening to him and standing there."
Do these revelations change something about the incident?