White supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. asks for a shorter sentence in deadly domestic terror attack
Ominous white supremacist, 22, who killed women and wounded dozens in domestic terrorist attacks, asks court to convert his sentence because he is too young to live in prison
- James Alex Fields Jr., 22, lawyers said in a criminal memorandum that their client is too young for a life sentence, a traumatic child ad is mentally ill
- He killed anti-racism activist Heather Heyer and injured dozens of others as he drove his car to protesters who had gathered at a white nationalist demonstration
- Fields has shown no regrets about his actions and as prosecutors indicated in the memo they deposited last week, the victim's mother continues to belittle
- & # 39; All mental health problems raised by the defendant do not overcome … (his) lack of regret and his history of essential racial animus, & # 39; read the memo
No remorse: lawyers for James Alex Fields Jr. (mugshot above) said in a penal memorandum that their client is too young for a life sentence
The white supremacist who killed a woman and left dozens injured when he mistreated a group of protesters who met two years ago at a white nationalist rally in Virginia, asks a judge for a convicted sentence.
A penal memorandum filed by lawyers last week for James Alex Fields Jr., 22, states that their client does not have to spend his naturally born life because of his age, the fact that he has had a traumatic childhood and his history of mental illness.
Fields made a guilty plea to federal hate crimes earlier this year in a deal that saved him from possibly getting the death penalty for killing anti-racism activist Heather Heyer.
& # 39; No penalty imposed on James can repair the damage he has inflicted on dozens of innocent people. But this Court should note that retaliation has limits & # 39 ;, is the memo.
Meanwhile, the man behind the domestic terrorist attack does not regret his actions.
Prosecutors stated that the devoted admirer of Adolf Hitler has shown no regrets since he sent the car to the counter-protesters by 2017.
In that memo, lawyers focused on years of documented racist and anti-Semitic behavior by Fields, including keeping a photo of Hitler on his bedside table.
They also said in the memo that he was included on his phone call with an offensive remark about Heyer's mother several times, including as recently as last month.
Prosecutors noted that while Fields has a history of mental illness, it does not apologize in a way that would require a mild punishment.
"All mental health concerns raised by the defendant do not address the proven lack of remorse and his history of essential racial animus," wrote attorneys.
Fields' lawyers argued that giving something less than a lifetime sentence would be comparable to an & # 39; expression of grace & # 39; and a & # 39; belief that no individual is fully defined by his worst moments & # 39 ;.
Terror: he killed anti-racism activist Heather Heyer and injured dozens of others as he drove his car to protesters who had gathered during a white nationalist rally (attack above)
Weapon: Fields have not regretted his actions and as prosecutors indicated in the memo they submitted last week, the victim's mother continues to belittle
The lawyers of the suspect then emphasized his difficult upbringing and history of mental illness, the majority of which was edited by the court.
Fields were raised by a paraplegic patient and members & # 39; trauma & # 39; by growing up knowing that his Jewish grandfather had killed his grandmother before committing suicide, his lawyers claimed.
He admitted that he had deliberately plowed his fast-moving car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters when he started his guilty plea.
Federal guidelines for convicting those charges are the life behind bars.
Fields was convicted in December for first-degree murder and other charges for killing Heyer and injuring others protesting against white nationalists. The sentencing of the state costs is planned for the following month.
The 2017 rally attracted hundreds of white nationalists to Charlottesville to protest against the planned removal of a statue of committed General Robert E. Lee.
Hundreds of protesters protested against the white nationalists.
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