CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the state sentencing of a man convicted on federal hate crime charges related to a white nationalist rally (all times local):
A woman who was seriously hurt in a car attack on anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia called the man convicted in the attack “scum.”
Jeanne “Star” Peterson was one of seven people who gave victim impact statements Monday before a judge sentenced James Alex Fields Jr. to life in prison, plus 419 years, on state charges. Fields was given a life sentence on federal hate crime charges last month.
Also testifying was the mother of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old woman killed when Fields deliberately drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at the “Unite the Right” rally on Aug. 12, 2017.
Susan Bro told Judge Richard Moore she hopes Fields will find “reclamation” in prison but also that he “never sees the light of day.”
A man convicted of federal hate crime charges for deliberately slamming his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia has been sentenced to life in prison on state charges.
James Alex Fields Jr. was sentenced Monday to life plus 419 years for killing one person and injuring dozens during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017.
Judge Richard Moore formally imposed the sentence recommended by a Virginia jury that convicted Fields in December.
Fields, of Maumee, Ohio, was sentenced last month to life in prison on 29 federal hate crime charges.
The car attack happened during a rally of hundreds of white nationalists who had gathered in Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The event also drew counterprotesters.
A man sentenced to life in prison on federal hate crime charges for slamming his car into anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia is set to be sentenced on state murder and wounding charges.
James Alex Fields Jr. will be sentenced Monday for killing one person and injuring dozens during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017.
A jury has recommended a sentence of life, plus 419 years. Judge Richard Moore is allowed to go lower than the jury’s recommendation, but can’t go higher.
Last month, Fields, of Maumee, Ohio, received a life sentence on 29 federal hate crime charges.
People who were hurt and the family of the woman killed, Heather Heyer, are expected to make victim impact statements during Monday’s hearing.