In August 2017 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. was arrested and charged with second-degree murder after he drove his car into a group of protesters in downtown Charlottesville, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.
According to a former student, Fields, Jr. was infatuated with Nazis and Hitler.
The AP reports:
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.
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