James Alex Fields Jr., 22, a neo-Nazi who rammed his car into counterprotesters of a “Unite the Right” rally in 2017, was sentenced to life in prison plus 419 years in state court, Monday.
He received the sentence for killing one person and injuring dozens during the rally in Charlottesville. Judge Richard Moore also imposed a fine of $480,000. During the federal sentencing hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Urbanski said life was the only appropriate sentence for Fields: "Protection of the public requires a life sentence without release." Fields, an avowed white supremacist, was “like a kid at Disney World” during a high school trip to a German concentration camp, federal prosecutors said. Fields kept a photo of Adolf Hitler on his bedside table.
Last month, Fields admitted to deliberately driving his car into counterprotesters who showed up to demonstrate against the white nationalists. "I apologize for the hurt and loss I've caused," he said. A jury in Charlottesville convicted Fields in December on state charges of first-degree murder in the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer; the jury also convicted him on multiple counts of aggravated malicious wounding, malicious wounding and leaving the scene of an accident.