Charlottesville White Supremacist Convicted of First-Degree Murder in Death of Heather Heyer
The white supremacist that drove his car through a crowd of protestors in Charlottesville, will spend the rest of his life in jail.
James A. Fields Jr., the self-proclaimed neo-Nazi that drove a car through a crowd of counter-protestors at the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last year, has been convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Heather Heyer. She was 32 years old.
According to The Washington Post, Fields faces a life sentence for the death of Heyer, as well as up to 20 additional years in prison for eight counts of malicious wounding in injuring 35 people in the 2017 attack. A jury of seven women and two men took just seven hours to deliberate, determining that Fields acted with premeditation when he mauled a mass of protestors on a crowded street with his 2010 Dodge Challenger. Sentencing for Fields will be held until the victims of the attack read impact statements to the court. The New York Times adds that Fields could also face the death penalty if he’s found guilty of federal hate crime charges. No date has been set for the federal charges trial just yet.
Following the announcement of the jury’s verdict, a group of protestors gathered outside the courthouse with familiar “Whose streets, our streets” chants. See that below. Though she’s been vocal about her daughter’s activism in the year since her senseless murder, Heyer’s mother has yet to speak in the wake of the verdict.
Led by community activist Rosia Parker, members of the Charlottesville community chant in solidarity with the victims.
Parker began the chant by reclaiming a chant used by Unite the Right attendees on Aug 12: You will not replace us pic.twitter.com/RDhhNkxKBy
— Tyler Hammel (@TylerHammelVA) December 7, 2018