Jury Recommends James Fields Be Sentenced to Life, Plus 419 Years, For Running Over Heather Heyer, Counter-Protester In Charlottesville

A grand jury in Charlottesville, Va., recommended on Tuesday that White supremacist James Alex Fields Jr., be given a sentence of life in prison, plus 419 years, after being convicted last week of first-degree murder when he plowed his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters during the “Unite the Right” rally in 2017, ultimately killing one demonstrator, Heather Heyer, and injuring dozens more.

Fields was convicted on ten charges: five counts of aggravated malicious wounding, three counts of malicious wounding, one count of failing to stop at an accident involving a death, and one count of first-degree murder.

According to The Daily Progress, a Charlottesville-based newspaper, the jury deliberated for almost four hours on Monday and Tuesday.

In addition to his sentence, Fields faces a slew of fines relating to the attack, including a fine of $100,000 for his conviction of first-degree murder.

“Her death was an explosion to the world,” said Susan Bro, Heyer’s mother, in a victim impact statement.  “We are forever scarred by pain.”

If Judge Richard Moore accepts the grand jury’s sentence – a common practice in Virginia, Fields will be required to pay $480,000 in restitution.

Judge Moore is expected to announce Fields’ sentence at a Mar. 29 court hearing.

The Daily Progress and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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