The self-proclaimed white supernatant who plows his car in opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia two years ago, killing one person and wounding dozens, asked a judge of mercy and a sentence shorter than life in jail.
James Alex Phillies Jr., a 22-year-old lawyer, said in a court document on Friday that the defendant should not spend his entire life in jail because of his age, traumatic childhood, and a history of mental illness. Fields are found guilty of federal hate crimes in March and will be sentenced on June 28th.
"No punishment imposed on James can repair the damage it has caused to dozens of innocent people."
But the Prosecutor's Office objected that Adolf Hitler's open anti-Semite and admirer had shown no remorse because he had driven counter-demonstrators car on August 1
Filds' lawyers say giving him something less than a life sentence would be similar to "an expression of mercy" and "a belief that no one kind is not entirely defined by their worst moments.
But prosecutors said on Friday that Filds deserved a life sentence, adding that this would help deter others from doing "similar acts of internal terrorism."
The case of Filds is causing racial tensions across the country. In March, Phillies said he was charged with federal hate crimes and admitted that he deliberately ruined his speed in a crowd of anti-racist protesters, killing a woman and injuring dozens.
According to the deal, federal prosecutors agreed not to pursue death. Penalty against Fields. His accusations are found guilty in calling for life imprisonment under federal punishment guidelines.
Filds was convicted in a court in Virginia for a first-degree murder and other state accusations of murdering racist militant Heather Heyer in December, and injuring other people protesting against white nationalists. 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 removal of the statue of the Confederate, General Robert Lee. Hundreds of Opponents Demonstrate against White Nationalists
In a letter Friday, Filds' lawyers emphasized his difficult education and history of mental illness, but many details were edited by public viewing. 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 committing suicide, his lawyers said.
Prosecutors focused on years of documented racist and anti-Semitic behavior from Fields They said they included keeping Adolf Hitler's picture on the bedside table. In court documents, they also reported being imprisoned to make derogatory remarks about Hayyer's mother last month.
Prosecutors also said that while Filds has a history of mental illness, he does not excuse
"Any mental health concerns raised by the defendant do not overcome the accused's lack of remorse and his previous history of significant racial anime, "the prosecutor wrote.