Neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. was found guilty on 10 charges Friday, including first-degree murder, for plowing his car into a group of counterprotesters during a white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year that killed Heather Heyer.
Fields, a 21-year-old extremist associated with the hate group Vanguard America, was convicted on all counts, including five counts of aggravated malicious wounding, three counts of malicious wounding and one hit and run count for injuring dozens of others with his vehicle. He also faces 30 hate crime charges in a separate federal case over the same attack.
“That is the face of anger, of hatred. It’s the face of malice,” said Nina-Alice Antony, assistant commonwealth’s attorney.
After deliberating seven hours, the jury found that Fields, who a former teacher said was fascinated by Nazism and Hitler, deliberately drove his car at high speeds into the crowd after the rally, which was organized to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Prosecutors provided evidence during the trial that Fields showed little remorse for the murder in a call he made to his mother in December 2017.
He referred to Heyer as “that one girl who died, or whatever” and said her death “doesn’t fucking matter,” according to BuzzFeed.
Days prior to the Aug. 12 rally, he sent a photo of Hitler to his mother along with the text, “We’re not the one [sic] who need to be careful.”
Fields now faces 20 years to life in prison for the murder charge. Sentencing is expected to begin Monday/