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Avowed white supremacist gets life sentence in Charlottesville car attack

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An avowed white supremacist who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia was sentenced to life in prison Friday on hate crime charges. James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio, faces sentencing in state court on July 15. A jury has recommended life plus 419 years. Fields   had pleaded guilty in March to the 2017 attack that killed Heather Heyer and injured more than two dozen others. In exchange, prosecutors dropped their request for the death penalty. His attorneys asked for a sentence less than life. Fields was charged with 29 hate crime counts and one count of “racially motivated violent interference.” He pleaded guilty to 29 of the counts.

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I'm glad to see justice for Heather; also pleased they dropped the death penalty.

But I'd sure like this country to find it's guts and catch some big fish for a change. You know, the ones responsible for the deaths of thousands since 9-11. I think Life plus a few hundred years would be appropriate. It'll never happen.

Instead we go for tots who take a doll from the Dollar Store.

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Good points.

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Yeh, it's all upside-down and inside-out.

Pretty tiny in the scope of things, but at least they got this one right.

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You're right the this is tiny in the scope of things for most people... a little less tiny for the people of Charlottesville, just a couple of hours from me, a previously pretty quiet town, where I have lots of friends, and the home of three presidents: Madison, Jefferson and Monroe. Right now I've got my fingers crossed that the super-smart Madison got all the checks and balances built into the constitution that we need now...

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You know what Meryl Ann, I will keep my fingers crossed too. But the constitution is being eviscerated so I don't hold out much hope.

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