The avowed white Supremacist who plowed his car two years ago against protesters who resisted a white nationalist rally in Virginia, killing one person and injuring dozens, has asked a judge for mercy and imposed a punishment that is shorter is as life in prison.  The lawyers of James Alex Fields, Jr., 22 said in a court ruling filed on Friday that the accused could not spend his entire life in prison because of his age, traumatic childhood, and mental history. Fields pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes in March and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 28.
"No penalty imposed on James can repair the damage he has caused to dozens of innocent people, but this court should find that retribution is limited," his lawyers wrote.
The prosecution countered, however, that the avowed anti-Semitic and Adolf Hitler admirer has shown no remorse since he drove the car on 1
Fields' lawyers said that it was equivalent to an "expression of mercy" and a "conviction" that no individual is wholly determined by their worst moments. "
But the prosecution said Friday that Fields deserves a life sentence, which would prevent others from committing" similar acts of domestic terrorism. "
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Fields' case has provoked racial tensions across the country, and Fields appealed in March for hate crimes at federal level, admitting that he deliberately dumped his fast-moving car into a crowd of anti-racist demonstrators
In a plea, prosecutors agreed not to pursue the death sentence against Fields, which was declared life-threatening under federal sentencing guidelines Virginia on first-degree murder and other state charge of murdering anti-racism activist Heather Heyer and infringement of others.
protest against the white nationalists. The indictment of the state is scheduled for next month.  Rally 2017 attracted hundreds of white nationalists to Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Hundreds of counter-demonstrators demonstrated against white nationalists.
In Friday's note, Fields' lawyers highlighted his difficult upbringing and history of mental illness, but many details were cut out of the public eye. He was raised by a paraplegic single mother and suffered a "trauma" when he grew up and knew that his Jewish grandfather had murdered his grandmother before committing suicide.
The prosecutors focused on years of documented racist and anti-Semitic behavior by Fields They said they had kept a picture of Adolf Hitler on his bedside table. They also said in court documents that he was recorded in a jail phone call and made mocking remarks about Heyer's mother just last month.
The prosecution also said that Fields may have problems with mental illness in the past, but this does not excuse its behavior in a way that requires a lenient sentence.
"Any psychological concerns raised by the defendant will not overcome the defendant's proven lack of remorse and his background with significant racist animus," the prosecutor wrote.