Jury recommends life sentence plus 419 years for Fields

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Jurors say a man who drove his auto into a crowd of protesters in Virginia last year, killing a woman, should serve a life sentence plus 419 years in prison.

Judge Richard Moore will now take the verdict under advisement and has scheduled a sentencing hearing for March 29.

As he had throughout his two-week trial, Fields, 21, sat impassively at the defendant's table, clad in a powder blue sweater, as the jury delivered its punishment after about four hours of deliberations: Life for first-degree murder; 70 years for each of five counts of aggravated malicious wounding; 20 years for each of three counts of malicious wounding; and nine years for leaving the scene of a fatal crash.

On Tuesday, the jury asked Moore if the sentences would run consecutively or concurrently.

The judge responded that is typically how sentences run in Virginia, but he could make a note of that in their sentencing recommendation.

Under Virginia law, judges can impose sentences lower than what the jury recommends, but cannot increase sentences.

A jury in Charlottesville, Virginia, recommended a sentence of life in prison plus 419 years for the man who rammed his auto into a group of counterprotesters at a far-right rally, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

During the trial, jurors heard emotional testimony from Heyer's mother as well as others who were injured during the attack.

Fields's lawyer John Hill argued that he acted out of fear for his own safety after the rally descended into chaos, citing a long history of Fields' psychiatric conditions, including bipolar disorder, USA media reported.

Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, said she was satisfied with the jury's recommendation, although she said her family and the survivors of the auto attack will never be the same.

"I thank the jury for their careful and thoughtful work", she said. Her right leg was shattered and she's had five surgeries to try to fix it.

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Trejo also allegedly told the anxious mother that "he had lost his cell phone so she could not call him back later". An autopsy revealed that Breana died from multiple stab wounds and was choked with her scarf, the affidavit said.

The "Unite the Right" rally was one of the largest white supremacist gathering in America in decades.

On Friday, the same jury found Fields guilty of first-degree murder on its first day of deliberations following a trial of almost two weeks.

He stopped his vehicle, backed up, then sped forward into the crowd, according to testimony from witnesses and video surveillance shown to jurors.

Wednesday Bowie, a woman who suffered serious injuries including a broken pelvis, told the court "the world is not a safe place with Mr Fields in it", according to the Associated Press. He was diagnosed with schizoid personality disorder at 14.

Fields had inexplicable volatile outbursts as a young child and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 6, Murrie said.

Murrie said Fields went off his psychiatric medication at age 18 and built an isolated "lifestyle centred around being alone".

The jury is scheduled to convene Monday to determine Fields's sentence which carries a recommended sentence of 20 years to life.

It was organized originally to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Some dressed in battle gear.

Following the 2017 Unite the Right, President Donald Trump inflamed tensions even further when he said "both sides" were to blame, a comment some saw as a refusal to condemn racism. Prior to attending the rally in Charlottesville, a text message sent from Fields to his mother included a picture of Hitler. When his mother pleaded with him to be careful, he replied: "We're not the one (sic) who need to be careful".

Fields also faces a separate, federal trial for an array of alleged hate crimes related to the incident, including one offence that carries a possible death sentence.

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