The Nazi sympathizer who drove into a crowd of protesters, killing one, last year in Virginia was sentenced to life in prison plus 419 years Tuesday.
A jury recommended the sentence after listening to an emotional statement from Susan Bro the mother of 32-year-old Heather Heyer who was killed on Aug. 12, 2017, when James Alex Fields Jr., 21, plowed into her and other people protesting the white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.
“Her death was an explosion to the world,” Bro said in her victim impact statement. “We are forever scarred by pain.”
The verdict was reached after about four hours of deliberation over two days and Fields stood impassively, his hands folded in front of him, as it was read by a court clerk.
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