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White Nationalist Faces Life Sentence For Heather Heyer Murder - Source Patch

Posted on Dec 12,2018
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Photo: James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio was convicted of murder for driving his car into a crowd of counter-protesters killing one and injuring 35 on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via Getty Images)

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By Emily Leayman

Self-described white nationalist James Fields Jr., who drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters during the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, has been sentenced to life in prison by a jury in Circuit Court. The 21-year-old Ohio man received the life-in-prison sentence for the first-degree murder of Heather Heyer and 419 additional years for other charges, plus fines totaling $480,000.

The jury's recommended sentence includes 70 years each for five counts of aggravated malicious wounding, 20 years each for three counts of malicious wounding and nine years for leaving the scene of a fatal crash, The Washington Post reported.

The jury found Fields guilty of the charges on Friday. A judge will determine the final sentence on March 29, 2019.

Fields also faces federal charges: one count of a hate crime act resulting in the death of Heyer, 28 counts of hate crime acts causing bodily injury and involving an attempt to kill, and one count of racially motivated violent interference with a federally protected activity resulting in the death of Heyer.

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