Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Jury Recommends Life Imprisonment for James Fields

Jury Recommends Life Imprisonment for James Fields

A jury recommended life in prison plus 419 years for the man who drove his auto into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, over a year ago, killing one woman and injuring dozens of others, NBC News reports.

They also recommended a $100,000 fine on the murder count.

After deliberating for about four hours over the past two days, jurors recommended the life sentence for Heyer's death plus an additional 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 an accident. Today, jurors formally recommended the life sentences to the the judge, who accepted the jury's decision. He said sentences normally run consecutively, but the jury can recommend concurrent sentences if it chooses.

EVANS: Susan Bro is Heather Heyer's mother.

"James Fields, Junior received the sentence he deserved for Heather's murder".

The mother of a woman killed by a man who drove his auto into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally says she is "content" with a jury's recommendation that he spend the rest of his life in prison.

On Monday, Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, said in emotional testimony that Fields tried to silence an activist by killing her daughter.

He also said, "We all have a role to play" in stemming the tide of hate. "I was not going to be consumed by hatred for this young man".

At one point, Bro struggled to read her statement. I'm sorry. He should not be out to society, and I think the jury could see that.

Bro added that she was inspired by a quote from the late former first lady, Barbara Bush, who lost a 3-year-old to leukemia.

As for her own life, she said, it will never be the same.

Video footage from the episode showed Fields' Dodge Challenger idling and then reversing before accelerating into the group of pedestrians.

He told the jury that Fields, who did not take the witness stand at the trial, has been given to angry, sometimes violent outbursts since before he was old enough to walk. Not only has it not healed, but "the metal holding my leg together has harbored one infection after the other", she said.

She also called to continue Heyer's social justice work. She called on the city to "continue fighting white supremacy".

"I don't hate Mr. Fields". She said she realised that the two seldom posed for pictures together, thinking they did not need mementos, "because we just took it for granted that we'd be around for each other for years to come". "I have had pain that words can not describe".

Peterson has no good explanation about why anyone would want to attack the way Fields did.

"Some days I can't do anything but sit and cry as the grief overtakes me", she said.

Bush said the best way to overcome such a loss was "doing by others", and the Heather Heyer Foundation was Bro's response.

Hours before the deadly attack, Fields, dressed in a white polo shirt and khaki trousers, marched in the rally at the University of Virginia campus among other white supremacists, some wearing red "Make America Great Again" hats, holding tiki torches and chanting "Jews will not replace us". Fields was found guilty of all 10 charges on Friday, and faces 30 charges in a separate federal case concerning the same attack.

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