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Arbery’s killers are sentenced to life in prison; no parole for father, son

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BRUNSWICK, Georgia – Three white men convicted of murder for pursuing and killing Ahmaud Arbery were sentenced to life in prison on Friday, with a judge denying any possibility of parole for the father and son who armed themselves and launched the murderous pursuit of 25- year-old black man.

Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley ordered Greg and Travis McMichael to serve life without parole for the fatal shooting in Arbery and granted their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, a chance to ” get parole after serving at least 30 years in prison.

“Ahmaud Arbery was hunted down and shot, and he was killed because individuals here in the courtroom did justice themselves,” the judge said before handing down the sentence.

Walmsley said Arbery left his house to jog and ended up running for his life for five minutes as the men chased him in vans until they finally corner him. The judge paused for a minute of silence to help understand what that period must have been like for Arbery.

“When I thought about this, I thought from many different angles. I kept coming back to the terror that must have been in the mind of the young man walking through Satilla Shores, ”he said, mentioning the area outside the port city of Brunswick where Arbery was killed.

Murder carries a mandatory life sentence under Georgian law, unless prosecutors seek the death penalty, which they opted against in this case. Walmsley’s main decision was to grant a possible chance for parole.

At the sentencing hearing, Arbery’s family asked the judge not to show any leniency.

Arbery’s sister recalled his humor, describing him as a positive thinker with a great personality. She told the judge that her brother had “sun-glistening” dark skin, thick, curly hair and an athletic build, factors that made him a target for chasing men.

“These are the qualities that made these men assume that Ahmaud was a dangerous criminal and pursue him with guns. To me, these qualities reflected a young man full of life and energy who looked like me and the people I loved, ”said Jasmine Arbery.

Arbery’s mother said she suffered intense personal loss made worse by a lawsuit where the men’s defense was that Arbery made bad choices which led to his death.

“It was not a mistaken identity or a mistaken fact. They chose to target my son because they didn’t want him in their community. They chose to treat him differently from other people who frequently visit their community, ”said Wanda Cooper-Jones. “And when they couldn’t scare or intimidate him enough, they killed him.”

Arbery’s killers are sentenced to life in prison; no parole for father, son

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