The first of the teenagers charged with the January assaults on UVa students has been sentenced. Gordon Lathan Fields was not charged with committing a hate crime. Instead, he pled guilty to assault and battery by mob, and was given a 30-day jail sentence, 50 hours of community service and made to provide financial restitution to the victims. Fields claimed that he thought that his friend was being attacked, and was coming to her rescue. Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman says that there’s no basis for charging any of the nine teenagers with hate crimes, despite that some of them confessed that they’d chosen their victims because they were white. Adrienne Schwisow has the story in today’s Progress.