A white supremacist who was convicted of first-degree murder after he ran down a protester in Charlottesville, Virginia two years ago has asked a federal judge for “mercy” when deciding upon sentencing.
On August 12th, 2017, Ohio resident James Alex Fields Jr. drove through a crowd of protesters demonstrating against the “Unite the Right” event in Charlottesville, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and leaving 28 more injured. A jury recommended Fields be sentenced to 419 years for the ramming attack.
In the court documents filed Friday, Fields’ attorneys cited his history of mental illness, the difficulties they say he faced being raised by a single, paraplegic mother.
In his defense, Fields’ legal team cited the “trauma” he suffered in growing up aware that his grandfather – who was Jewish – had murdered his grandmother, before committing suicide.
Read more at Arutz Sheva.