Killers of Ahmaud Arbery, 25, Sentenced to Life in Jail

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The men convicted in Ahmaud Arbery’s murder were sentenced Friday to life in prison and these men are; Travis McMichael, 35, Gregory McMichael, 66, and their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, found guilty of the murder of Ahmad Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, in Georgia on February 2020. The three men, all of whom are white was sentenced to different degrees. 

Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole while Their neighbor William “Roddie ” Bryan will be eligible for parole under Georgia law only after he has served 30 years in prison because he was convicted of great violent felonies. 

Ahmad Arbery was shot on 23 February 2020 during a confrontation with Gregory and Travis McMichael. It took quite two months for the lads to be arrested, alongside the neighbor who filmed the death. 

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During Friday’s lengthy hearing, the McMichaels’ attorneys asked the judge to offer their clients the prospect to earn parole, and Bryan’s lawyer tried to influence Walmsley to let the parole board decide when Bryan could be released.

Walmsley said Arbery was chased for roughly five minutes and “gunned down.” The judge sat in silence for one minute to give a sense of that amount of time. The shooting was captured on cellphone video, which the jury viewed during the trial.

“This was a killing,” Walmsley said before announcing the sentences 

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“They each haven’t any remorse and don’t deserve any leniency,” Wanda Cooper-Jones, Arbery’s mother, told Walmsley. “This wasn’t a case of mistaken identity or mistaken fact. They chose to focus on my son because they didn’t want him in their community. They chose to treat him differently than people who frequently visited their community, and once they couldn’t sufficiently scare him or intimidate him, they killed him.” 

Lawyers for Mr. Arbery’s family have called his death a “modern-day lynching”. The McMichaels argue that they were defending themselves while trying to form a “citizen’s arrest”. In emotional testimony, Arbery’s family asked for the defendants to receive the utmost punishment allowed.

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