White nationalist convicted in protestor death set to plead guilty on hate crimes

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FILE PHOTO: A Virginia State Trooper stands guard at the crime scene where a vehicle plowed into a crowd of counter protesters and two other vehicles (rear) near the “Unite the Right” rally organized by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

(Reuters) – A self-described neo-Nazi, who was convicted of killing a woman when he rammed his car into a crowd protesting white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, was expected on Wednesday to plead guilty in his federal hate crimes case.

James Fields, who previously pleaded not guilty to the federal charges, was scheduled for a change plea hearing on Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville, according to a court filing.

Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York; Editing by Scott Malone and Bernadette Baum

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