Man sentenced to 2nd life term in Charlottesville car attack
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — An avowed white supremacist was sentenced to life in prison plus 419 years today for deliberately driving his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters during a rally in Virginia, killing one woman and injuring dozens.
James Alex Fields Jr., 22, remained stoic as Circuit Court Judge Richard Moore formally imposed the recommendation of a state jury that convicted him in December of murder and malicious wounding charges for his actions in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017.
Fields showed no visible emotion as victims of the car attack described severe physical and psychological injuries – broken bones, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression – inflicted by Fields when he plowed his car into them.
"Hello, scum," said Jeanne "Star" Peterson, as she addressed Fields, seated about 20 feet from her at a table with his lawyers.
Peterson, who suffered a broken spine and a shattered right leg in the attack, told Fields he needs to stop "verbally abusing" his mother, referring to a recorded jail conversation in which Fields can be heard disparaging his mother.
Peterson said Fields' mother "tried her best" and it's not her fault her son "turned out to be a piece of feces."
Marcus Martin, who was captured in a dramatic photo as Fields' car struck him, said anger over what Fields did has permeated his life and affected his marriage.
"I blow up at the smallest things," Martin said, before ordering Fields to look at him.
"I want to talk to you, dude. I need you to look at me, buddy – look at me," he said. It was unclear whether Fields made eye contact with Martin.
He said closure will only come when he finds out "James Alex Fields is no longer on this Earth."