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This morning, after spending Monday hearing victim impact statements, the jury in James Alex Fields's trial -- which on Friday found him guilty on all 10 counts he was charged with -- delivered their sentencing recommendations.

For the murder of Heather Heyer, the Charlottesville jury gave Fields a life sentence and a fine of $100,000. For each of the three charges of aggravated malicious wounding, they sentenced him to 70 years and fines of $70,000. For each of the five charges of malicious wounding, 20 years in prison and fines of $10,000, and nine years for the hit and run. All in all, this comes out to a life sentence plus 419 years and $480,000. Judge Richard Moore accepted the jury's verdicts, but will hold off on officially sentencing Fields until March 19.


After the jury delivered their recommendations, prosecutors and Heyer's mother Susan Bro addressed media outside the courthouse.

Jury Recommending Sentence of More than 400 Years for Fields www.nbc29.com

Speaking to reporters, Bro said:

I thank the jury for their careful and thoughtful work, I thank his defense team for putting up a defense and trying to help the young man — but in the end, the hands of justice say that he needs to be kept away from society for a while. And I'm content with that.

So we move forward. We still have social justice work to do. We flipped the House, barely, and we still have much, much, much work to do. With election work, with civil rights work. Black lives still matter. And the things that Heather died for, I'm not seeing a lot of progress in the last year and a half.

So, let's take heart in the fact that we have won a victory today, but keep in mind that we must, must, must put direct action to our words. I'm tired of catch phrases, I'm tired of people making nice sounding words, and nothing happens. So let's do what [prosecutors] Joe and Nina did where they made this happen, and let's all get busy ourselves.

In the responses to NBC 29's tweets covering the Fields trial, and elsewhere on social media, neo-Nazi supporters are still trying to push various conspiracy theories about what really happened in Charlottesville. Despite the fact that Heyer was clearly hit by Fields's car, despite the fact that there are photos of this happening, despite the fact that Dr. Jennifer Bowers, the assistant chief medical examiner for Virginia, testified at trial that Heyer died from massive blunt force trauma after being hit with his car, the Nazis are still screaming that she really died of a heart attack.


This same stupid conspiracy theory was recently promoted by a Nazi YouTuber called E;R, whose bullshit was recently promoted by Pewdiepie, YouTube's most popular "personality." Nice!

Following the verdict on Friday, several prominent Nazis -- including Christopher "Crying Nazi" Cantwell -- vowed revenge on the Left for what they see as an unfair conviction, claiming that it will turn otherwise peaceful Nazis into "fanatics who are willing to die" for their cause.

Sure, he can't even hold on to a Twitter account, but people are gonna let him write the history books? I don't think so.

Following the sentencing recommendations, Fields's defense attempted to renew several previous motions, including one to lessen the charge of first degree murder, but were promptly rejected by Judge Moore. Fields may not get the exact sentence the jury recommended, but it doesn't seem like Judge Moore is going to let this ass out of prison, ever.

Good.

[NBC 29]

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Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse

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