From [HERE] A jury on Tuesday called for a sentence of life in prison plus 419 years for the Hitler admirer who killed a woman when he rammed his car into counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in 2017.
The decision capped a trial laced with survivors’ anguished testimony and details of the driver’s long history of mental illness.
James Alex Fields Jr, 21, stood stoically with his hands folded in front of him as he heard the jury’s recommendation.
It will be up to Judge Richard Moore to decide on the punishment at Fields’s sentencing, set for 29 March. Judges in Virginia often go along with the jury’s recommendation. Under state law, they can impose a shorter sentence but not a longer one.
The jury called for a life sentence for first-degree murder in the killing of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal and activist, and also asked for hundreds more years on nine counts involving injuries Fields caused to others and for leaving the scene of the crash. [MORE]