Man sentenced to life plus 419 years on hate crime charges in US

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In the United States, a man has been sentenced to life plus 419 years on federal hate crime charges for deliberately driving his car into anti-racism protesters during a rally in Virginia.

22-year old James Alex Fields Junior received the sentence for killing one person and injuring dozens during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville on 12th August 2017. Last month, Fields received a life sentence on 29 federal hate crime charges.

Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Richard Moore followed a state jury's recommendation in handing down the sentence. Under state law, he was allowed to go lower than the recommendation, but not higher.

During Fields' state trial, his attorneys focused on his history of mental illness and traumatic childhood. (AIR NEWS)

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