The avowed White Commander-in-Chief, who plowed his car two years ago against a rally of white nationalists in Virginia, killing one and dozens injured, has asked a judge for mercy and imposed a punishment shorter than that Life in prison.  The lawyers of James Alex Fields Jr., 22, said in a criminal complaint filed on Friday that the defendant could not spend his entire life in prison because of his age, a traumatic childhood and a history of mental illness.
Fields pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes in March and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 28.
"No punishment imposed on James can repair the damage he has done to dozens of innocent people. But this court should find that retaliation has limits, "wrote his lawyers.
The prosecution countered that the well-known anti-Semite and admirer of Adolf Hitler had shown no remorse since he drove the car on 1
Fields' lawyers said that he would receive less than a life sentence as an "expression of mercy" and a "belief that no individual is wholly determined by his worst moments."
The prosecution said Fields deserves a life sentence, adding that this would prevent others from committing "similar acts of domestic terrorism."
The Fields case has sparked racial tensions in the US. He pleaded in March for hate crimes at federal level and admitted that he deliberately plowed his fast-moving car into a crowd of anti-racist demonstrators.
In a plea, the federal prosecutors agreed not to pursue the death penalty. The allegations for which he pleaded guilty to claiming life in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.
Fields was convicted in December in Virginia for first-degree murder and other state charges. The conviction for the state charges is scheduled for next month.
The rally in 2017 drew hundreds of white nationalists to Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Hundreds demonstrated against white nationalists.
In the Friday note, Fields & # 39; lawyers highlighted his difficult upbringing and history of mental illness, but many details have been reworked. He was raised by a paraplegic single mother and suffered a "trauma" when he grew up, that his Jewish grandfather had murdered his grandmother before he killed himself, his lawyers said.
The prosecution focused on years of documented racist and anti-Semitic behavior by Fields, keeping a picture of Hitler on his bedside table. They also said in court documents that he was recorded in a jail phone call and made derogatory remarks about Heyer's mother just last month.
The prosecution also said Fields may have problems with mental illness in the past, but does not apologize for its behavior in a way that requires a lenient sentence.
"Any psychological concerns raised by the accused do not overcome the defendant's proven lack of remorse and his background with significant racist animus," they wrote.