Published: Sat, June 29, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Charlottesville rally driver receives life in prison for hate crimes

Charlottesville rally driver receives life in prison for hate crimes

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

Fields pleaded guilty to the 29 federal hate crimes after driving from his Maumee, Ohio, house to attend the "Unite the Right" rally on August 12, 2017, which drew hundreds of white nationalists to Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue.

A sentencing hearing is underway Friday in federal court for a man who killed a woman and injured dozens of other people when he rammed his auto into a crowd of counterprotesters at a 2017 rally of white nationalists and others in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Before the judge handed down his sentence, Fields, accompanied by one of his lawyers, walked to a podium in the courtroom and spoke.

James Fields, a self-avowed neo-Nazi, killed 32 year-old Heather Heyer and injured and 19 others in the attack. He will be sentenced next month on separate state charges including first-degree murder.

The 50-page document quotes a recorded phone call by Fields from the Albemarle Regional Jail in Charlottesville on December 7, 2017, nearly four months after the rally, in which he refers to Susan Bro, Heyer's mother.

Prosecutors told U.S. District Judge Michael Urbanski that the avowed white supremacist was "like a kid at Disney World" during a high school trip to a German concentration camp.

Douthit read grand jury testimony from the classmate, who said Fields appeared happy and made the remark, "This is where the magic happened".

Trump was criticised from the left and right for initially saying there were "fine people on both sides" of the dispute between neo-Nazis and their opponents at the rally.

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Justice has officially been served in the Charlottesville riots case, almost two years after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"I'm hoping he can heal at some point and reduction others too", her mom, Susan Bro, mentioned. "You don't get away with it, there are serious consequences to this", she said. He said Fields' lethal car-plowing was calculated, calling it "a hate-inspired act of domestic terrorism".

They well-known that there used to be evidence on his social media profiles of him "expressing crimson meat up of the social and racial policies of Adolf Hitler and Nazi-technology Germany, including the Holocaust".

At one point, prosecutors played recordings of jailhouse phone calls between Fields and his mother in 2018 in which he told her, "I hope I can get that insanity thing".

He's determined to be sentenced if that is the case subsequent month.

"It was an incident I will never fully recover from", said Heyer's father, Mark Heyer.

Fields, whose psychiatric disorders dating from early childhood were detailed in court during his state trial, did not deny he intentionally rammed his auto into a group of counterprotesters, killing Heather D. Heyer, 32, a local law firm employee.

"No one is the enemy", his mother said.

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