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Neo-Nazi sentenced to life for Charlottesville attack

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Neo-Nazi sentenced to life for Charlottesville attack

Neo-Nazi sentenced to life for Charlottesville attack

James Fields, a self-described neo-Nazi convicted of killing Heather Heyer during a 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, was sentenced to life in prison.

Linda So reports.

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Neo-Nazi sentenced to life for Charlottesville attack

Charlottesvile killer, James Fields will spend the rest of his life in prison... A federal judge on Friday imposed the harshest possible sentence against the self-described neo-Nazi.

Fields was convicted last year of killing Heather Heyer when he rammed his car into a crowd protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in August, 2017.

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges in March under a deal with prosecutors who agreed not to seek the death penalty.

The attack was a critical moment in the rise of the 'alt-right' movement in the U.S. -- a loose alignment of fringe groups centered on white nationalism.

After his response to the attack, President Trump was heavily criticized for initially saying there were quote - "fine people on both sides" of the dispute between the white supremacists and their opponents.

Prosecutors say Fields had long touted racist and violent beliefs on his social media accounts, including expressing support for Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust.

Fields will be sentenced separately on state charges next month.




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