The man already convicted in state court of plowing a car into a group of people protesting a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville could plead guilty to federal charges in the case.
The man already convicted of murder after plowing a car into a group of people protesting a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, could plead guilty to federal hate crimes Wednesday.
A status hearing for James Alex Fields was changed late Tuesday to a change of plea hearing.
Court filings in the case had already indicated Fields would be brought from jail to the federal courthouse in Charlottesville for Wednesday afternoon’s hearing.
Fields was convicted in state court in December of first degree murder and other charges related to the death of Heather Heyer and serious injuries caused to others along Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.
Fields was originally due to be formally sentenced in state court this week, but court records show that hearing has now been postponed until July. Virginia judges typically follow jury recommendations for sentencing.
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