>> Life plus 419 years and nearly half a million dollars in fines. That's the sentence a Virginia jury recommended for James Alex Fields, Jr., on Tuesday, for ramming his vehicle into a group of counter protesters during a Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in August of last year, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, says she's satisfied with the sentence, but wants her daughter's fight for social justice to continue.>> And the hands of justice say that he needs to be kept away from society for a while. And I'm content with that, so we move forward. We still have social justice work to do.
The things that Heather died for, I'm not seeing a lot of progress in the last year and a half.>> The jury found Fields guilty of first degree murder and nine other counts on Friday. Fields's defense attorneys argued their client suffered from psychiatric illness and had acted to protect himself.
But it was not enough to persuade the jury that he did not act with intent. The violence sparked a national outcry as did President Trump's response just days later.>> I think there's blame on both sides, and I have no doubt about it, and you don't have any doubt about it either.
>> Fields previously pled not guilty to murder and federal hate crime charges. Judge Richard E Moore says he will formally sentence Fields on March 29th.