White Supremacist Who Drove His Car into Crowd of Liberal Activists Sentenced to Life in Prison on Hate Crime Charges
James Alex Fields Jr., 20, was arrested in August 2017 and charged with second-degree murder after he slammed his car into a group of liberal protesters in downtown Charlottesville, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.
Fields, Jr. was said to have a infatuation with Nazis and Hitler, according to a former student.
Fields was sentenced to life in prison on Friday after pleading guilty in March to federal hate crime charges.
The AP reported:
An avowed white supremacist who drove his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia has been sentenced to life in prison on hate crime charges.
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.
He will be sentenced next month on separate state charges.
Fields apologized before the judge handed down his sentence.
The “Unite the Right” rally on Aug. 12, 2017, drew hundreds of white nationalists to Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Fields admitted deliberately driving his car into counterprotesters who showed up to demonstrate against the white nationalists.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 28, 2019