One of the three white men responsible for the death of Ahmaud Arbery has been sentenced to a second life sentence on federal hate crime convictions.
Travis McMichael, 35, who fired the fatal shot that ultimately killed Arbery, will be serving consecutive life sentences in state prison.
Travis’ father, Gregory McMichael, 65, and her accomplice William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, will learn of their fate later today.
The McMichaels and Bryan were found guilty of encroaching on Arbery’s civil rights through racial hatred and attempted kidnapping.
The father and son were sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole back in January. Bryan was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Arbery’s killing on February 23, 2020 sparked outrage across the country when video of the deaths at the hands of the three men went viral.
The 25-year-old was jogging around Brunswick, Georgia when he was confronted by the McMichaels, who claimed he was a suspect in a series of alleged local burglaries.
The father and son reportedly went to a “citizen arrest” and followed him in their white pickup truck, armed with a pistol and shotgun.
Bryan later joined their pursuit and captured the event on video.
After getting out of the truck, the younger McMichael fatally shot Arbery three times and later claimed to have defended himself by claiming that Arbery reached for his gun and refused his order to get on the ground, according to the authorities.
The first shot is believed to have been aimed at Arbery’s chest, the second at his hand, and the third again at his chest before he collapsed.
Months after Arbery was fatally shot, video of his death surfaced online, leading to the trio’s arrest after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case from local police.
In court filings last week, both Travis and Greg McMichael asked the judge to reroute them to a federal prison, saying they shouldn’t be in a Georgia prison system that is the subject of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation focused on inter-inmate violence be sure.
However, Arbery’s family has insisted that the McMichaels and Bryan should serve their sentences in state prison, arguing that federal prison wouldn’t be as harsh.
The 25-year-old’s parents protested vigorously ahead of the federal trial when both McMichaels sought a plea deal that would have included a request for transfer to a federal prison.
Judge Lisa G. Wood rejected the McMichaels agreement, saying she does not have the authority to do so because the state brought the indictment, sentencing, and sentencing first.
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