The White supremacist who plowed his car into counter demonstrators opposing a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA., two years ago, killing one person and injuring many, has asked a judge for mercy and a sentence that is less than life in prison. Lawyers for James Alex Fields Jr., 22, said in a sentencing memo in court documents last Friday that the defendant should not spend his entire life in prison because of his age, a traumatic childhood and a history of mental illness. James Fields pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes in March and is set to be sentenced this Friday. “No amount of punishment imposed on James can repair the damage he caused to dozens of innocent people. But this Court should find that retribution has limits,” his lawyers submitted. But prosecutors said the anti-Semite and Adolf Hitler admirer hasn’t shown remorse since he drove the car into the counter demonstrators on Aug. 12, 2017, killing anti-racism activist Heather Heyer and injuring many others protesting against the white nationalists. Prosecutors said James Fields deserves a life sentence, adding that would help deter others from committing “similar acts of domestic terrorism.”
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