The self-proclaimed white supporter, who plows his car in opposing protesters against a white nationalist rally in Virginia two years ago, killing one and wounding dozens, asked a judge of mercy and a sentence shorter than life in jail. 19659002] Attorneys of James Alex Fields Jr., 22, said in a memorandum of conviction in court documents Friday that the defendant should not spend his entire life in jail because of his age, traumatic childhood and a history of mental illness. In March, Fields pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes and would be sentenced on June 28.
"No punishment imposed on James can repair the damage it has caused to dozens of innocent people. But this court should find that retribution has limitations, "his lawyers write. Heather Heyer and Wounded Others
Phillies' lawyers said that giving him something less than a life sentence would be similar to "an expression of mercy" and "a belief that no individual is entirely determined by their worst moments ". 1
The case of Filds is causing racial tensions in the United States. In March, he insisted on federal allegations of hate crimes and admitted he had deliberately rolled out in a crowd of protesters against anti-racism.
By virtue of an agreement, federal prosecutors have agreed not to use the death penalty. The allegations he pleaded guilty to call to prison in federal sentencing guidelines.
Filds was convicted in a Virginia court in December for a first-degree murder and other state accusations. The fate of state charges is scheduled for next month.
The rally in 2017 attracted hundreds of white nationalists in Charlottesville to protest against the planned abolition of the statue of General Confederacy Robert E Lee. Hundreds have demonstrated against white nationalists.
In a letter on Friday, Philly's lawyers emphasized his difficult education and history of mental illness, but many details were edited. He was raised by a lone mother-paralytic and suffered a "trauma" by growing up, knowing that his Jewish grandfather had killed his grandmother before he committed suicide, his lawyers said. said he included keeping a photograph of Hitler on the bedside table. In court documents, they also said they had been imprisoned to make derogatory remarks about Hayer's mother last month.
Prosecutors also said that while Filds has a history of mental illness, it does not excuse his behavior.
"Any mental health problems raised by the accused do not overcome the lack of remorse demonstrated by the accused and his previous history of significant racial anime," they wrote.