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Convicted White Nationalist Called "Scum" by Charlottesville Victim

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A woman who was seriously hurt in a car attack on anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia called the man convicted in the attack "scum."

Jeanne "Star" Peterson was one of seven people who gave victim impact statements Monday before a judge sentenced James Alex Fields Jr. to life in prison, plus 419 years, on state charges. Fields was given a life sentence on federal hate crime charges last month.

Also testifying was the mother of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old woman killed when Fields deliberately drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at the "Unite the Right" rally on Aug. 12, 2017.

Susan Bro told Judge Richard Moore she hopes Fields will find "reclamation" in prison but also that he "never sees the light of day."

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.