Travis and Greg McMichael, who were convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia Ahmaud. Sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole. William “Roddie” Bryan.
Who was also convicte in the case, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Meaning he must serve at least 30 years before he’s eligible for release.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley announced the sentences Friday. Six weeks after a jury found the men guilty of the high profile killing that is widely seen as racially motivate.
In early 2020, the men chased down and killed Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man.
White men of Ahmaud Arbery are to life in prison.
The judge sentenced Travis McMichael to life plus 20 years and Greg McMichael to life plus 20 years, with the additional punishment stemming from assault and false imprisonment charges. He Bryan to life plus 10 years which would be suspended.
In an extraordinary moment in court, the judge his remarks to sit silently for one full minute a fraction of the time, he said, that Arbery spent running for his life as the other men chased him for roughly five minutes. In considering the case, said, he kept returning to “the terror” that must have been in Arbery’s mind.
Arbery “was hunte down and shot,” Walmsley said. And then the men who did it turned their backs and walked away, he adde.
The judge’s largely mirrors prosecutors’ requests Ahmaud.
Attorneys for Travis McMichael, 35, his father Greg McMichael, 66, and their neighbor Bryan, 52, had asked for leniency during Friday’s hearing. They have also previously said they will appeal their clients’ guilty verdict.
Just before Walmsley delivered the sentence, he repeated the defendants’ own he called the “narrative” that Greg McMichael sought to establish about Arbery, including his repeated use of profanities to discuss the young man, even as he said he had no proof that Arbery had done anything wrong.
After the sentence was announced, the prosecution aske the court to impose a condition on the guilty parties. Bar them from using their experience to make money. The judge said he will review that request. Court was then adjourned.
Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, Wanda center, walks out of the Glynn County Courthouse surrounded by supporters after a judge sentenced Greg McMichael, his son, Travis McMichael, and a neighbor, William
Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, center.
Outside the court, demonstrators cheered the sentencing, chanting Ahmaud Arbery’s name and “What did we get? Justice! When do we get it? Today!”
The Arbery family walked out of the courthouse with raised arms and cheers from the demonstrators.
Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, addressed the crowd outside the courthouse in a quiet voice thanking supporters through several months of the investigation and trial.
“I sat in that courtroom for five weeks straight, but I knew we would come out with a victory, I never doubted it. Thank you all for supporting me who stood with me through this very long fight,” she said.
Defense lawyers urged leniency, after Arbery’s family asked for the maximum
Ahmaud father, Marcus Arbery, had told the court earlier that the lynche his son in broad daylight, saying he wished he could have saved Ahmaud from “their evil and hate.”
The McMichaels and Bryan should think about what they did every day for the rest of their lives, Marcus Arbery said, adding. They should do it from behind bars, because me and my family, we’ve got to live with his death for the rest of our life.”
Travis McMichael’s attorney, Robert Rubin, said later that his client had acted without thinking, arguing that his actions against Arbery were not proof of “an abandoned and malignant heart.”
And while prosecutors had pointed to a lack of remorse as additional reason for a stiff penalty, Rubin said McMichael could not express remorse while also facing the threat of a separate federal trial later this year.
Rubin argue that McMichael be give the opportunity to change and seek redemption. Rather than spending the rest of his life in prison.
Jasmine Arbery said of her brother. She’s here wiping a tear as she listens to her mother’s statement. During the sentencing hearing for Greg McMichael and his son. Travis McMichael, and a neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan.
Jasmine Arbery said of her brother. Hearing for Greg and his son. Travis McMichael, and a neighbor, William Roddie Bryan.
Greg McMichael’s defense attorney Laura Hogue said her client shouldn’t face the maximum sentence, citing a lack of prior criminal history. She also argued that the prosecution hadn’t proven aggravating circumstances that would warrant the stiffest sentence.
Hogue also cited the jury’s verdict, which she said had found her client’s role in death stemmed from an “unintentional act. She noted that despite carrying a handgun that day, he never fired a shot at Arbery. His actions weren’t motivate by hate, but by the urge to “get to the bottom. previous visits to a construction site in the Satilla Shores neighborhood.
Bryan’s attorney, Kevin Gough, began his argument by saying he agreed with much. What the prosecution said about the case. Including mention of Bryan’s cooperation with the investigation and the recommendation of a lesser sentence.
Like the McMichaels, Gough said, Bryan had no prior felony convictions. But he said his client’s circumstances were very different from those of his fellow defendants.
“Roddie Bryan really had no idea of what was going after the tragic death of Mr. Arbery,” Gough said.
The sentencing hearing at the Glynn County Courthouse in began Friday morning and extended into the afternoon.
As the three men entere the courtroom, a pool report from inside the courtroom described the scene. Greg McMichael looks noticeably nervous, he hugs and greets his attorneys. When seated has a trembling hand over his mouth.”