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Supremacist gets a life sentence on federal hate crime charges in Charlottesville attack



The white supremacist who killed a woman by plowing his car into the crowd of protesters during the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was sent Friday to life in federal hate crime charges.

James Alex Fields Jr., 22, will serve the sentence imposed by a US district judge alongside the life term received in a Virginia state court in December for the murder of Heather Heyer.

Fields, an extremist associated with the hate group Vanguard America, pleaded guilty in March to 29 federal counts for intentionally ramming his vehicle into anti-racist counterprotesters during the white supremacist rally on Aug. 12, 2017. The counts would have been punishable by life in prison, though prosecutors agreed to drop and additional charge that could have suffered a death sentence.

Related: Scenes from the first anniversary of the fatal 'Note the Right' rally in Charlottesville.

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Scenes from the first anniversary of the fatal 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville

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University of Virginia students protest against racism on the one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right White Supremacist Rally hero in Charlottesville where dozens of where injured and Heather Heyer was killed in a far-right terrorist attack. Demonstrations were held on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2018. (Photo by Cory Clark / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

University of Virginia students protest against racism on the one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right White Supremacist Rally Hero in Charlottesville where dozens of injured and Heather Heyer were killed in a far-right terrorist attack. Demonstrations were held on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2018. (Photo by Cory Clark / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

University of Virginia students protest against racism on the one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right White Supremacist Rally Hero in Charlottesville where dozens of injured and Heather Heyer were killed in a far-right terrorist attack. Demonstrations were held on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2018. (Photo by Cory Clark / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

University of Virginia students protest against racism on the one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right White Supremacist Rally Hero in Charlottesville where dozens of injured and Heather Heyer were killed in a far-right terrorist attack. Demonstrations were held on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2018. (Photo by Cory Clark / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

University of Virginia students protest against racism on the one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right White Supremacist Rally Hero in Charlottesville where dozens of injured and Heather Heyer were killed in a far-right terrorist attack. Demonstrations were held on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2018. (Photo by Cory Clark / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

University of Virginia students protest against racism on the one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right White Supremacist Rally Hero in Charlottesville where dozens of injured and Heather Heyer were killed in a far-right terrorist attack. Demonstrations were held on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2018. (Photo by Cory Clark / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

University of Virginia students protest against racism on the one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right White Supremacist Rally Hero in Charlottesville where dozens of injured and Heather Heyer were killed in a far-right terrorist attack. Demonstrations were held on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2018. (Photo by Cory Clark / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

University of Virginia students protest against racism on the one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right White Supremacist Rally Hero in Charlottesville where dozens of injured and Heather Heyer were killed in a far-right terrorist attack. Demonstrations were held on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2018. (Photo by Cory Clark / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

University of Virginia students protest against racism on the one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right White Supremacist Rally Hero in Charlottesville where dozens of where injured and Heather Heyer was killed in a far-right terrorist attack. Demonstrations were held on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2018. (Photo by Cory Clark / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Activists chalked out messages to leave behind in the pedestrian mall as part of their memorial to slain activist Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, 2018. (Photo by Cory Clark / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Protesters march ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson

A protester stands in front of Virginia State Police officers forming a cordon at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Virginia State Police Officers form at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year Nights of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson

Virginia State Police Officers form at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson

Virginia State Police Officers form at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson

Police in a riot deployed around the statue of Civil War Confederate General Robert E. Lee, ahead of the one year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Brian Snyder

Virginia State Police Officers form at the University of Virgin ia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Jim Urquhart

Protesters at Lambeth field at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Jim Urquhart

Virginia State Police Officers form at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Jim Urquhart

Protesters gather at the statue of Civil War Confederate General Robert E. Lee, ahead of the one year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Brian Snyder

Protesters gather at the statue of Civil War Confederate General Ro bert E. Lee, ahead of the one year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Brian Snyder

Police in riot gear deploy near the statue of civil War Confederate General Robert E. Lee, ahead of the one year anniversary of Charlottesville's "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Brian Snyder

Police in riot gear deploy around the statue of Civil War Confederate General Robert E. Lee, ahead of the one year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Brian Snyder

Police in riot gear Deploying the Statue of Civil War Confederate General Robert E. Lee, ahead of the one year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Brian Snyder

Police a riot gear Deploying the Statue of Civil War Confederate General Robert E. Lee, ahead of the one year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Brian Snyder

Police in riot gear deployed around the statue of Civil War Confederate General Robert E. Lee, ahead of the one year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Brian Snyder [19659035] Protesters stand in front of Virginia State Police officers forming a cordon at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Protesters gather at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, Au gust 11, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Police in a riot deployed around the statue of Civil War Confederate General Robert E. Lee, ahead of the one year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests , in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Brian Snyder

Protesters march at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Jim Urquhart

Marches pass a driver at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11 , 2018. REUTERS / Jim Urquhart

Protesters gather at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. RS / Lucas Jackson

Protesters gather at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson [19659042] A protest anarchist flags during a march at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Brian Snyder [19659043] Protesters march at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson

Protesters gather at Lambeth Field at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Brian Snyder

Protesters gather at La mbeth field at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson

Protesters gather at Lambeth field at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson

Protesters gather at Lambeth field at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson

Protesters gather at Lambeth field at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson

Protesters march at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Jim Urquhart

Protesters at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Jim Urquhart

Protesters at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right "protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Jim Urquhart

Protesters form a line at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville" Unite the Right "protests , in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson

Protesters at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson

Virginia State Police Officers form at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville , Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson

Protesters stand in front of Virginia State Police officers forming a cordon at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson

Protesters stand in front of Virginia State Police officers forming a cordon at the University of Virginia, ahead of the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville " Unite the Right "protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 11, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson

A counter-protester holds a sign near a white nationalist-led rally marking the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville? Unite the Right? protests, in Washington, D.C. August 12, 2018. REUTERS / Jim Urquhart

Antifa, opponents of white nationalist, Jason Kessler's group, march during a rally, marking the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville? Unite the Right? protests in Washington, U.S., August 12, 2018. REUTERS / Jim Bourg

Demonstrators marching with white nationalist, Jason Kessler's group, are escorted by police during a rally, marking the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville? protests in Washington, US, August 12, 2018. REUTERS / Jim Bourg

Counter-protesters march in front of white nationalists being escorted by police to a rally, marking the one year anniversary of the 2017 Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests , in Washington, DC August 12, 2018. REUTERS / Lucas Jackson HIDE CAPTION

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Fields had asked for mercy due to his age and history of mental illness ahead of his sentencing.

Many of those injured in clashes at the Charlottesville rally still face recovery and lingering trauma. A fund has been set up to serve the Charlottesville community. You can donate here.

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