Man Accused of Driving into Charlottesville Protest Formally Charged with 30 Federal Hate Crimes

According to the US News Twitter page, “James Fields of Ohio is accused of driving his car into a group of people protesting a ‘Unite the Right’ white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in 2017, killing Heather Heyer and injuring dozens more.”

NBC 29’s page said that the 21-year-old has been charged with 28 counts of “hate crime acts causing bodily injury and involving an attempt to kill,” “one count of racially motivated violent interference with a federally protected activity,” and “one count of a hate crime act resulting in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.”

If he is found guilty of the hate crime resulting in the death of Heyer, Fields could be facing the death penalty.

A federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville has officially made the charges while Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Division, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen of the Western District of Virginia, and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division Adam S. Lee made the announcement yesterday, according to NBC’s Twitter.

“The events of Aug. 12, 2017, in Charlottesville are a grim reminder of why the FBI prioritizes its investigations of civil rights violations among the top of its criminal programs. I hope today will also be a reminder to those who are motivated by hate and intent on committing violence; we are going to be there, just as we were in this case,” said FBI Special Agent Lee. “I want to thank the Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney’s Office for their outstanding partnership, my team of FBI agents and analysts who worked tirelessly to put the case together, and the business owners and residents of Charlottesville who worked with us and provided a massive volume of evidence in this case.”

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