James Alex Fields Jr. is the infamous killer who drove his car into a crowd of peaceful anti-racism protestors at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one and wounding dozens of others on August 12, 2017.
He has already been sentenced to life on 29 federal hate crime charges, including for the killing of Heather Heyer. But the buck doesn’t stop there.
Fields is now facing state charges and will face a judge on Monday who could sentence him to another life sentence, plus 419 years, according to the Associated Press. The state jury has already recommended the life sentence and addition of hundreds of years. The judge can go lower but not higher than the recommendation.
People who were hurt in the attack and the family of the woman who was killed are expected to make victim impact statements during Monday’s hearing in Charlottesville Circuit Court, the Associated Press reports.
Fields and his lawyers tried to argue that he didn’t deserve life in prison. The avowed anti-Semite and his lawyers said in a sentencing memo submitted in court documents in late June, that Fields should not spend his entire life in prison because of his age, a traumatic childhood and a history of mental illness. Being raised by a paraplegic single mother and growing up knowing that his Jewish grandfather had murdered his grandmother before committing suicide is being used as an excuse.
But Fields’ feeble attempt to avoid responsibility was quickly shone for what it really was when he was recorded on a jail phone call making disgusting remarks about the victim’s mother as recently as May.
There are also years of documented racist and anti-Semitic behavior by Fields, which they said included keeping a picture of Adolf Hitler on his bedside table.