Appeal denied for man convicted of running car into group of pedestrians in Charlottesville during Unite the Right rally

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – James Fields has been denied his appeal after being convicted of driving his car into a group of pedestrians during Charlottesville’s Unite the Right rally that killed one person and injured more.

In a unanimous decision on Tuesday, Nov. 16, the Court of Appeals of Virginia rejected Fields’ efforts to overturn his conviction.

“We will never forget the mayhem, violence, hate, and death that white supremacists brought to Charlottesville for their Unite the Right Rally, and we must ensure that every individual who broke the law or incited violence on that fateful day is brought to justice. My team and I will continue to do everything we can to put a stop to the white supremacist violence that we are seeing in the Commonwealth and across the country, and I will hold any racist or white supremacist accountable if they act on their hate.” 

Mark Herring, Virginia Attorney General

Fields was found guilty in 2018 of one count of first-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, five counts of aggravated malicious wounding, and one count of leaving the scene of an accident.

Fields was subsequently sentenced to life in prison plus 419 years along with an additional fine.

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