Virginia

Charlottesville car attack: Heather Heyer's killer gets 2nd life sentence

 Flowers, candles and chalk-written messages surround a photograph of Heather Heyer on the spot where she was killed and 19 others injured.
A memorial for Heather Heyer. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A Virginia judge told a self-professed neo-Nazi Monday while sentencing him to a second life prison term for killing a woman by driving his car into counter-protesters, "What you did was an act of terror," Reuters reports.

Details: Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Richard Moore upheld a jury's December recommendation to sentence James Alex Fields Junior to life plus 419 years for killing Heather Heyer, 32, and for 8 counts of malicious wounding and a hit-and-run offense over the incident at a 2017 far-right rally in the city.

The big picture: A federal judge sentenced the 22-year-old in June to life in prison without parole after he pleaded guilty to 29 federal hate crimes in a plea deal in exchange for prosecutors dropping a charge that could've led to the death penalty, per NPR.

Terry McAuliffe eyes another run for Virginia governor

In this image, McAuliffe stands and gestures at a podium while speaking.
McAuliffe speaks during the North American Building Trades Unions Conference on April 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who was popular when he left office last year, is hinting to Democrats that he may run for governor again in 2021.

Why it matters: McAuliffe, who bowed out of the 2020 presidential race, could help his party recover from the chain of scandals that began with the racist yearbook photo of McAuliffe's successor, current Gov. Ralph Northam (D).