By Umar Farooq
A jury in the state of Virginia recommended Tuesday that a white nationalist who rammed his car into counter-protesters during a "Unite the Right" rally, killing Heather Heyer, receive life in prison.
James Alex Fields Jr. was convicted of 10 counts, including
After the jury conclusion Fields deserved a life sentence, the judge accepted the decision but did not impose a sentence, according to reports.
He faces a sentencing hearing in March, with a final recommendation of life in prison with an additional 419 years, as well as a fine of nearly $500,000 dollars.
Hundreds of white nationalists and neo-Nazis gathered in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017, for a demonstration to protect a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. It is reported to be the largest recent gathering of white nationalists.
The rally turned violent when protesters clashed with counter-protesters, and Fields drove a car into the crowd of counter-protesters, leaving Heyer dead and more than 30 others injured.
"In the end, the hands of justice say that [Fields] needs to be kept away from society for a while, and I'm content with that," Susan Bro, Heyer's mother told reporters outside the courtroom.