White Nationalist James Fields Jr, Heather Heyer's Charlottesville Assasin, Sentenced To Life In Prison

James Fields, Jr., the white supremacist who murdered Heather Heyer and injured dozens of others driving his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of peaceful demonstrators in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017 has received a life sentence in federal prison.

Prosecutors had argued that Mr. Fields’s racist, anti-Semitic beliefs motivated his decision to attend the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville and use his automobile in an act of domestic terrorism. Thomas T. Cullen, the United States attorney for the Western District of Virginia, said after hearing the sentence that the case set a precedent for future instances of domestic terrorism.

Mr. Fields was one of hundreds of young white supremacists who swarmed Charlottesville in August 2017, marching with tiki torches shouting “The Jews will not replace us.”

President Trump’s subsequent assertion that bad actors on “many sides’ were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville was reviled by millions of Americans.

James Fields, Jr. drives his Dodge Challenger into the Charlottesville crowd as it was disbanding, killing Heather Hyer and injuring many who protested against the white nationalists rally.

James Fields, Jr. drives his Dodge Challenger into the Charlottesville crowd as it was disbanding, killing Heather Hyer and injuring many who protested against the white nationalists rally.

Charlottesville Car Killer James Alex Fields Jr. Charged With First Degree Murder

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Self-professed neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr., 20, has been charged with first-degree murder Thursday, after being jailed on lesser charges since the Aug. 12 for the death of Charlottesville protester Heather D. Heyer

Fields had been charged with second-degree murder, punishable by five to 40 years in prison. WaPo writes:

Authorities had initially said that 19 people were injured, in addition to Heyer, when Fields allegedly rammed his 2010 Dodge Challenger into another vehicle on purpose on a crowded street. But testimony at the preliminary hearing revealed that there were many more victims. Besides first-degree murder, Fields, who lived in Ohio before his arrest, is charged with eight counts of “aggravated malicious wounding,” meaning that at least eight of the 35 people who were hurt suffered what Virginia law describes as “permanent and significant physical impairment," writes the New York Times

The case will be presented to a grand jury next week. If the grand jury issues an indictment of Fields, a trial will follow. First-degree murder requires the element of premeditation. In upgrading the charges against Fields, authorities said video showing the Dodge backing up rapidly before it accelerated forward toward the crowd is concrete evidence that the crash was intentional. 

Charlottesville's Susan Bro Says She Will Not Talk To Trump. Her Advice To Him: "Think Before You Speak"

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Last Friday morning Heather Heyer was alive, with a mother Susan Bro who adored her. Bro had no idea that by Friday evening tiki torches with screaming white men would threaten Jews, African Americans and all 'commies' holding prayer services in advance of Saturday's march. 

James Alex Field's Jr.'s Dodge Challenger hadn't yet run Bro's daughter down in a group of counter-protesters leaving the Charlottesville protest area. After delivering a breathtaking eulogy for Heather Heyer, a call to action in support of her intense commitment to social justice, she sat down to rest at home. Some time later, Bro noticed that the White House was trying to reach her.

"They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well guess what? You just magnified her."

“I’d rather have my child, but by golly if I got to give her up, we’re going to make it count,” she said.

Until Thursday, when she spoke to MSNBC's Katy Tur, Bro acknowledged that the White House was trying to reach her but she was overwhelmed. Having watched no coverage of her daughter's death, this eloquent Virginia woman, who shared her daughter's commitment to social justice, didn't know until Thursday that the President of the United States had said on Tuesday at a rogue press conference that there were "very fine people" in the crowd of Nazis, KKK members, and white nationalists whose presence in Thomas Jefferson's home unleashed hatred, bigotry, violence and death.  

Speaking with Tur, Bro pushed back on President Trump's insistence that there is blame "on both sides", saying that her daughter was a peaceful protester. After having more time to reflect and probably reading about the avalanche of criticism hitting Trump from every corner over his rogue comments that supported white nationalism, Bro was clear about what she wanted to say when hooked up to ABC's Good Morning America and co-host Robin Roberts.

"How are you and the family holding up right now, Susan?" Roberts asked.

"Well, the dog's not doing well honestly," Bro said, holding back tears. "I think she's just grieving herself to death, honestly. And I mostly don't have time to grieve. I have a mission to accomplish."

Halfway through the interview, Roberts mentions that the president is trying to reach her.

"I'm not talking to the president now," Bro said, explaining why before ending her comments with four simple words: "Think before you speak."

Speaking with her colleagues after the interview concluded, Robin Roberts explained that Susan Bro has received death threats. 

“Talk is fear to them,” Bro responded to Tur's Thursday question about why she is being threatened. Referencing the white nationalists, Bro added: “I don’t know why. Talk is fear.”