Two years ago the “Unite the Right” rally turned tragic after a man rammed his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protestors in Charlottesville, VA. That man, James A. Fields Jr, has officially been sentenced to life in prison in this federal hate crimes case.
This past March, Fields plead guilty to 29 federal hate crimes in order to avoid the death penalty as punishment for his actions. Before sentencing, Fields addressed the court expressing his regret, “I’d like to apologize. I apologize to my mother for putting her through all of this. Every day I think about my actions and how this could have gone differently. I’m sorry.”
The sentencing was pressed by U.S Judge Michael F. Urbanski. Fields is expected to serve his sentence without the possibility of parole.