The American supremacist James Fields, who ended the life of a woman when he rammed his car into a crowd during the protests in the city of Charlottesville (Virginia) in 2017, today pleaded guilty to the charges to avoid the death penalty, reported local media.
Under the agreement reached with the federal prosecution, according to the newspaper The Daily Progress, Fields has pleaded guilty to a total of 29 charges of hate crimes, including one for the first-degree murder of the young antifascist Heather. Heyer, who died after being hit by the defendant.
If he had maintained his innocence and was finally found guilty, the original youth of the state of Ohio could have been sentenced to capital punishment.
Each of the 29 charges Fields faces now could result in a life sentence and fines of up to 250,000 each.
Once the accused has admitted his responsibility, the investigating judge of the case will determine his sentence in a hearing that will take place next July 15.
The trial jury has recommended a life sentence plus 419 additional years for the murder of Heyer.
In December of last year, Fields was already convicted of the eleven charges he was facing in a state process.
In issuing his verdict, the Charlottesville jury rejected the arguments of Fields' lawyers, who claimed that the 21-year-old man "acted in self-defense."
The case generated much controversy after the president of the United States, Donald Trump, blamed "the two sides" of the violence unleashed in Charlottesville and affirmed that among the neo-Nazis there were "very good people".
The city, with just 50,000 inhabitants, located 200 kilometers southwest of Washington, is still trying to recover from the wounds caused by these violent demonstrations and insists on its frontal opposition to any type of racism in the United States.