Ahmaud Arbery Killers Sentenced To Life In Prison
8 Jan 2022
The three men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery were sentenced to life in prison on Friday.
Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan sentences were handed down by Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley.
Walmsley denied the chance of parole for the father-son duo whilst stating Bryan would have to serve at least 30 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.
The severe sentences were in part because of their “callous” words and actions captured on video the Judge explained.
Arbery, 25, a resident of Brunswick, Georgia, was out jogging in an adjacent, predominantly white neighbourhood when the trio chased and cornered him in pick-up trucks before the younger McMichael shot him.
Claiming they acted in self-defence while attempting to make a citizen’s arrest of a suspected burglar, prosecutors argued race played a role.
“Taking the law into your own hands is a dangerous endeavour,” Judge Walmsley said remarked.
The three men now await a second trial in the U.S. District Court on federal hate crime charges, set to begin next month.