Trump was criticized from the left and right for initially saying there were "fine people on both sides" of a dispute between neo-Nazis and their opponents. Some critics saw the remark as a refusal to condemn racism.
James Alex Fields Jr., the man who killed Heather Heyer and injured dozens of other people when he rammed his auto into a crowd of counterprotestors at a 2017 rally of white nationalists and others, was sentenced to life in prison Friday.
James Alex Fields Jr, 22, had pleaded guilty in March to federal hate crimes connected to the attack at the August 12, 2017, Unite the Right rally.
His sentence in the state case is due to be imposed July 15, meaning Friday's sentencing in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville was the first for Fields, an OH native with a years-long history of espousing racist and anti-Semitic views.
The case stirred racial tensions around the country.
During the hearing, prosecutors presented film of the August 12, 2017 auto attack as well as Fields' social media postings and recordings of phone conversations with his mother while in jail, in which Fields repeatedly called Heyer "the enemy".
Bro said she is "done with" Fields and wants to move on with her life and focus on her civil rights activism, including awarding scholarships in her daughter's name through the Heather Heyer Foundation.
The judge's punishment, announced in a Charlottesville courtroom, came after numerous survivors delivered emotional testimony about the psychological and physical toll the attack caused.
Fields appeared stoic and did not look at Ms Parker or any of the victims as they spoke.
Rosia Parker said she was standing feet away from Bro's daughter Heather Heyer when Heyer was struck.
"When they visited the gas chambers. the defendant stated, 'It's nearly like you can still hear them screaming, '" the memo says.
Hundreds of counterprotesters had turned out to face an assortment of alt-right and far-right protesters, who had descended upon the Virginia college town to rally against the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Ahead of Friday's sentencing hearing, prosecutors noted he had long espoused violent beliefs. One recalled a school trip to Dachau concentration camp in Germany where the classmate said Fields skipped down the train tracks and had an "overall giddy" demeanor.
The man who drove his auto fatally into a group of demonstrators protesting a white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia was sentenced Friday to life in prison.
Speaking to reporters after the sentencing, Bro said she didn't believe Fields' apology was genuine. His attorneys asked for a sentence less than life.
The Ohio native was separately found guilty in December 2018 on one count of first-degree murder, five counts of malicious wounding, three counts of aggravated malicious wounding and one count of hit and run, Sputnik reported.
Fields, who had a history of pro-Nazi social media postings and who occasionally adorned text messages with photos of Adolf Hitler, appeared in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled Friday in Charlottesville.