Avowed neo-Nazi James Fields Jr. was given a second sentence of life in prison for killing a woman and injuring dozens when he rammed his auto into a group of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017.
"This event shook our community", prosecutor Nina-Alice Antony told Moore in asking him to follow the jury's sentencing recommendation.
The event also drew counter-protesters.
Fields apologized at his federal sentencing.
In the federal case, Fields pleaded guilty March 27 to the 29 hate crimes as part of a deal in which the US attorney's office in Charlottesville agreed to drop an additional charge that carried a possible death sentence.
The state sentence is mainly symbolic given his previous sentence on the federal charges.
Judge Richard Moore of Virginia sentenced fields on Monday to life imprisonment plus 419 years and a fine of $480,000, following the recommendation of a state jury.
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"I blow up at the smallest things", Martin said, before ordering Fields to look at him.
Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, said in brief remarks to the judge that she hopes Fields finds "reclamation" but also hopes "he never sees the light of day outside of prison".
During the state court trial, Fields' lawyers never disputed that Fields was behind the wheel of the Dodge Charger that sent bodies flying when the vehicle slammed into Heyer and about 30 other people.
Fields was 20 when he attended the August 2017 demonstrations in Charlottesville and joined white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other groups opposed to the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
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James A. Fields Jr. They focused on his history of mental illness, and according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, a psychologist testified that Fields had been diagnosed as a child with bipolar disorder and schizoid personality disorder. "In federal court, he gave up that right because he pleaded guilty". Fields is due to be sentenced in state court Monday, for his role in the Unite The Right rally in 2017.