22-year-old supporter of Nazism James Alex fields of the Maumee (Ohio), was sentenced to life imprisonment and 419 years for the crime of hate, in which dozens of people were injured and 32-year-old Heather Heyer died.
James Alex Fields
12 Aug 2017 fields deliberately crashed into a crowd of protesters against racism during a rally white supremacist in Virginia.
Last month he was sentenced by a Grand jury to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of 29 of the 30 crimes of hate, in which he was accused.
«Every day I think about how things could have turned out differently, and I regret my actions, said fields then. — I’m sorry.»
During the trial, the defendant’s attorneys focused on his history of mental illness and traumatic childhood and claimed that he was «scared to death» after the incident.
But prosecutors said that during phone calls with his mother he called the mother of Heyer «Communist». The prosecution also showed a text message sent by fields, with a picture of Hitler.
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Judge Richard Moore followed the jury’s recommendations and sentenced fields to life imprisonment and 419 years in prison.
The tragedy in Charlottesville sparked racial tension in the country. President Donald trump has criticized for what he was accused of violence at the rally «both sides». Opponents of the White House regarded this statement as a refusal to condemn racism.