James Fields second sentence: White supremacist faces second sentence in Charlottesville car attack.
The man who drove a car into a crowd of people in Charlottesville almost two years ago will be sentenced again Monday.
At the end of June, James Fields Jr. was given a life sentence after pleading guilty to nearly 30 federal hate crime charges. Now, he’ll be sentenced for 10 state charges.
“Unite the Right” attendees and counter-protesters clashed in the streets of Charlottesville, August 12, 2017.
Fields was one of the avowed white supremacists who drove from his home in Ohio to Virginia for the rally. It was there he drove his car into a crowd of people, injuring dozens and killing one.
Monday, Fields will go before a judge to hear his fate for 10 state charges, including first degree murder for the death of Heather Heyer.
Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, was at Fields’ last sentencing in June.
“The last time I saw my daughter was to identify her body and to sign the papers for her to be cremated,” Bro said. “And I held her bruised hand and bruised arm and I said, ‘I’m going to make this count for you.'”
Legal analyst Scott Goodman says there’s a detail Fields’ attorney could bring up during his sentencing.
“The one difference in this case as opposed to the federal case, is that in this case, the judge will tell Mr. Fields he has the right to appeal,” Goodman said. “He does have the right to appeal this case in the state court when he’s sentenced Monday. In federal court, he gave up that right because he pleaded guilty.”
The jury recommended life in prison, plus 419 years. The sentencing begins in Charlottesville at 9:30 a.m.