Charlottesville, Virginia killer sentenced to life in prison
Monday, July 1, 2019
On Friday, United States Federal District Judge sentenced Ohio man , now 22, to life in prison without the possibility of parole for driving his car into a crowd of people who were counter-protesting against attending the August 2017 in , Virginia.
In that event, Fields, a self-described Neo-Nazi, killed a woman named and injured at least nineteen others.
The hearings and motions leading up to the announcement included video footage of the collision between Fields' car and the crowd, testimony from eyewitnesses, an apology from Fields, and requests for leniency from Fields' lawyers, who argued his history of.
Last March, Fields made an arrangement with prosecutors to plead guilty to 29 out of 30 federalcharges on condition they would not seek the . Susan Bro, Heather Heyer's mother, told reporters she considered the deal acceptable, saying executing Fields would not bring her daughter back.
The Unite the Right rally drew national attention within the United States partly because Presidentclaimed there were "fine people on both sides," meaning both the white supremacists and the counter-protesters, for which he was criticized.
This sentence applies to the federal charges against Fields, those issued by the United States' central government. He has already been found guilty of criminal charges under the laws of the State of Virginia, with a jury-recommended sentence of life plus 419 years and fines of nearly half a million US dollars. State sentencing has been scheduled for July.
- "Ohio man charged with second-degree murder of Charlottesville, Virginia counter-protester" — Wikinews, August 17, 2017
- Reuters. "Charlottesville: white supremacist gets life sentence for fatal car attack" — , June 28, 2019
- Laurel Wamsley and Bobby Allyn. "Neo-Nazi Who Killed Charlottesville Protester Is Sentenced to Life in Prison" — , June 28, 2019