James Fields, 22, was jailed for 29 counts of hate crimes he committed in the attack in Charlottesville in 2017.
He was convicted of the murder of Heather Heyer, 32, last year and will be sentenced seperately for that crime next month
Attorneys for Fields, urged the judge to consider a lesser sentence for the August 2017 attack that also injured 19 people.
The rally proved a critical moment in the rise of the “alt-right,” a loose alignment of fringe groups centered on white nationalism and emboldened by President Donald Trump’s 2016 election.
During the rally white nationalists gathered for a “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville.
Fields plowed into the group of counterprotesters and another car, killing Miss Heyer, 32, a paralegal from Charlottesville.
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Fields was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
He appealed for a lesser sentence, saying he was sorry for his attack.
But district jhudge Michael Urbanski, was unmoved, and told Fields he had to avert his eyes while the court viewed graphic video of the attack that showed bodies flying into the air as Fields crashed into them.
“Just watching them is terrifying,” Mr Urbanski said.
“The release of the defendant into a free society is too great a risk.”