Charlottesville auto attacker sentenced to life in prison

Sunday, 30 Jun, 2019

The Ohio man who killed a woman named Heather Heyer and injured 35 others by slamming his auto into them as they protested after an aborted white nationalist rally in Charlottesville two years ago received a sentence of life in prison today.

James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in March to federal hate crime charges in an attack that killed one person and injured more than two dozen others.

To federal prosecutors, James Alex Fields a callous, hate-filled young man who saw a group of people protesting against white nationalists and made a decision to kill them.

Fields also modified into convicted in issue court docket of first-level cancel and other costs, and the jury urged a sentence of existence in penal advanced. Sentencing in that case is set for July 15.

Prosecutors say less than a month before the attack he posted pictured on Instagram showing a auto driving into a crowd of people with the caption: "You have the right to protest but I'm late for work".

Fields pleaded guilty in March to 29 federal hate crime charges in the auto attack.

In a sentencing memo, defence attorneys said Fields was raised by a paraplegic single mother and suffered "trauma" knowing that his Jewish grandfather had slain his grandmother before taking his own life.

Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, reacted to the news on Friday at the sentencing, telling reporters that she hopes Fields spends the rest of his life in prison but hopes that he "can heal someday and help others heal".

The man who drove his vehicle fatally into a group of demonstrators protesting a white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia was sentenced Friday to life in prison. Almost three dozen others were injured.

Urbanski's sentencing of Fields, prosecutors broke down the gruesome details of the white supremacist attack and even showed a clip of the exact moment the defendant slammed his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of unsuspecting victims.

Fields, a self-described neo-Nazi from OH, used to be 20 on the time of the attack.

Federal prosecutors said he thought about harming others while driving to the Charlottesville rally.

Fields, who had a history of pro-Nazi social media postings and who occasionally adorned text messages with photos of Adolf Hitler, appeared in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. "You agree with the precise to teach however I'm gradual for work", learn the caption.

Hours sooner than the assault, he changed into as soon as photographed carrying a protect bearing the logo of a a ways-suitable hate group.

Prosecutors said they were told Fields was "like a kid at Disney World" during that trip.

Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, is seen at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 27, 2017.

Bro has been outspoken since her daughter's death, calling for healing and reconciliation in the community.

Heyer was among the activists who had gathered in Charlottesville to protest a group of white supremacists who came to the university town to protest against the removal of a Confederate statue.