James Fields gets life plus 419 years on state charges

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FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail shows James Alex Fields Jr. Fields, sentenced to life in prison on federal hate crime charges for slamming his car into anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia is set to be sentenced on state murder and wounding charges. Fields will be sentenced Monday, July 15, 2019, for killing one person and injuring dozens during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017 (Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via AP, File)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – The Latest on the state sentencing of a man convicted on federal hate crime charges related to a white nationalist rally (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

A man convicted of federal hate crime charges for deliberately slamming his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia has been sentenced to life in prison on state charges.

James Alex Fields Jr. was sentenced Monday to life plus 419 years for killing one person and injuring dozens during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017.

Judge Richard Moore formally imposed the sentence recommended by a Virginia jury that convicted Fields in December.

Fields, of Maumee, Ohio, was sentenced last month to life in prison on 29 federal hate crime charges.

The car attack happened during a rally of hundreds of white nationalists who had gathered in Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The event also drew counterprotesters.


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