Jury recommends life plus 419 years for driver James Alex Fields
The jury recommended life in prison plus 419 years for James Alex Fields Jr., convicted of killing Hero Heather Heyer when he plowed his car into a group of counterprotesters at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
After deliberating for about four hours over two days, the jury reached a sentencing recommendation of life in prison, 70 years a piece for five malicious wounding charges, 20 for each of three malicious wounding charges, and nine years on one charge of leaving the scene of an accident. They also recommended $480,000 in fines.
The judge accepted their recommendations, but will not formally sentence Fields until March.
Heather Heyer Foundation
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