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Life-term recommended for Charlottesville killer

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Life-term recommended for Charlottesville killer

Life-term recommended for Charlottesville killer

A jury has recommended that James Alex Fields Jr., the white supremacist who rammed his car into a group of counterprotesters at a 'Unite The Right' rally last year killing Heather Heyer, spend the rest of his life in prison.

Gavino Garay reports.

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Life-term recommended for Charlottesville killer

Life plus 419 years and nearly half a million dollars in fines.

That's the sentence a Virginia jury recommended for James Alex Fields Jr. on Tuesday for ramming his vehicle into a group of counterprotesters during a 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville in August of last year, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, says she's satisfied with the sentence, but wants her daughter's fight for social justice to continue.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) HEATHER HEYER'S MOTHER, SUSAN BRO, SAYING: "I was leaving him in the hands of justice... but in the end, the jury said he needs to be kept from the public, and I'm okay with that... but there's more to do, and the things that Heather died for, there has not been a lot of progress with." The jury found Fields guilty of first-degree murder and nine other counts on Friday.

Fields' defense attorneys argued their client suffered from psychiatric illness and had acted to protect himself, but it was not enough to pursuade the jury that he did not act with intent.

The violence sparked a national outcry..

As did President Trump's response just days later.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP CLARIFYING FOR A REPORTER WHO ASKS DOES HE PUT THE LEFT AND THE ALT RIGHT ON THE SAME "MORAL PLANE": "I think there's blame on both sides.

And I have no doubt about it.

And you don't have any doubt about it either." Fields previously plead not guilty to murder and federal hate crime charges.

Judge Richard E.

Moore says he will formally sentence Fields on March 29.




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