Neo-Nazi faces sentencing in murder of protester in Charlottesville

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After the federal sentencing in June, Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, told reporters Fields was "the least honest person I've ever met" and that she was glad he was sentenced to life in prison.

"I feel like he's at least in the hands of justice, and I can continue to move forward with the Heather Heyer Foundation". Moore did so based on a recommendation from a state jury.

Fields apologized at his federal sentencing.

"This is going to be with all of us for the rest of our lives", Commonwealth's Attorney Joseph D. Platania said outside the courthouse after Fields had been led away. "You made the wrong ones and you caused great harm".

"Mr. Fields, you had choices".

"For his purposes, he has one life to give, so this is a largely academic exercise", said Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University.

A woman who was seriously hurt in a auto attack on anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia called the man convicted in the attack "scum".

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He joined white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other groups opposed to the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Violent skirmishes between the two sides prompted police to declare an unlawful assembly and to order the groups to disband before the rally could even begin.

Prosecutors argued in both cases that the defendant intentionally plowed his vehicle into a crowd of anti-racist counter-protesters during the "Unite the Right" rally in 2017.

The event stirred racial tensions across the country. The judge also said there was no evidence that Fields was being threatened or attacked when he drove into the counterprotesters.

President Donald Trump sparked controversy after the event when he blamed the violence at the rally on "both sides".

The rally brought out thousands of supporters of the alt-right, a loosely-knit coalition of white supremacists, white nationalists and neo-Nazis. She said he probably deserved the death penalty "but it wouldn't accomplish anything".

Evidence showed that Fields, who drove alone to the rally from his apartment in Maumee, Ohio, had always been fascinated by Nazi Germany, espousing admiration for the militarism and racial purity doctrine of the Third Reich. They focused on his history of mental illness, and according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, a psychologist testified that Fields had been diagnosed as a child with bipolar disorder and schizoid personality disorder.

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