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Fields Sentenced to Life in Prison for Charlottesville Hate Crimes

James Alex Fields Jr., convicted of murdering Heather Heyer, will spend the rest of his life in prison, following a sentencing hearing in federal court Friday at which he expressed remorse for his actions.

On Aug. 12, 2017, Fields drove his car into a crowd of people protesting the Unite the Right white supremacist rally in downtown Charlottesville, killing Heyer and injuring dozens.

Fields, 22, accepted a plea agreement in March, pleading guilty to 29 federal hate crime counts.

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