In Aug 2017, Mr. Fields trafficked from Ohio to attend a Unite a Right rally, where swastika-toting white supremacists swarmed a streets and clashed with counterprotesters. In an conflict that killed a 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer, Mr. Fields sped down a slight travel packaged with counterprotesters, many who were on their approach home after a authorities close down a demonstration.
The jury’s finish judgment recommendation enclosed life in jail for first-degree murder, as good as 419 years of jail time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for a obtuse charges. Mr. Fields faces a second hearing on sovereign hatred crime charges, that could outcome in a genocide penalty.
“In a end, a hands of probity contend that he needs to be kept divided from multitude for a while, and I’m calm with that,” Susan Bro, Ms. Heyer’s mother, told reporters during a news discussion outward a justice on Tuesday.
At a conference, Joseph D. Platania, a commonwealth’s attorney, praised a jury’s decision, job it a “true act of open service.” During a trial, prosecutors had argued that Mr. Fields trafficked to a convene with an vigilant to dedicate harm, citing a animation that he common on Instagram months before a protests that showed a automobile ramming into a crowd.