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

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

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Three white men who hunted down and killed Ahmaud Arbery were sentenced to life in prison on Friday, with a judge denying parole to the father and son who armed themselves and launched the murderous pursuit of the black man of 25. year.

Greg, 66, and Travis McMichael, 35, seized guns and chased Arbery in a van after seeing him running around their neighborhood outside the port city of Brunswick in Georgia. Neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, joined the chase and recorded a cell phone video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery with a shotgun.

In November, a jury convicted the three accused of murder, aggravated assault, forcible confinement and attempted forcible confinement.

Murder carries a mandatory life sentence under Georgian law. The trial judge ordered the two McMichaels to serve a life sentence without parole. Bryan was given a chance at parole but must first serve at least 30 years in prison.

At the sentencing hearing earlier on Friday, Arbery’s family asked a judge to show no mercy in sentencing the three men.

Arbery’s sister recalled her brother’s 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 led these men to assume that Ahmaud was a dangerous criminal and pursue them with guns. To me, these qualities reflect a young man full of life and energy who resembled me and the people I loved, ”Jasmine Arbery mentioned.

Mother: My son was targeted

Arbery’s mother asked for the maximum sentence, saying she suffered intense personal loss made worse by a trial where the men’s defense was that Arbery made bad choices which led to his death.

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

Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski asked the judge for life without parole for the McMichaels and the possibility of parole for Bryan. But she said everyone deserved the mandatory life sentence for showing “no empathy for the trapped and terrified Ahmaud Arbery.”

Claiming that the McMichaels still believed they had done nothing wrong, Dunikoski revealed on Friday that Greg McMichael gave video of Bryan’s shooting to a lawyer, who leaked it.

“He believed it would exonerate him,” the prosecutor said.

Greg McMichael’s lawyer Laura Hogue has said his client has health issues and has admitted he is unlikely to be released from prison.

Bryan disarmed

Bryan’s attorney said he should have a chance at parole because he showed remorse and cooperated with the police, turning over cellphone video of the shooting to help them uncover the truth.

“Mr. Bryan is not the one who brought a gun,” Kevin Gough said. “He was unarmed. And I think that reflects his intentions.”

The murder went largely unnoticed until two months later, when graphic cellphone video leaked online and sparked a nationwide uproar. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation took the matter back to local police and quickly arrested the three men.

Defense lawyers have announced their intention to appeal the convictions. They have 30 days after conviction to drop them off.

Next month, the McMichaels and Bryans will face a second trial, this time in U.S. District Court, on federal hate crime charges. A judge has set the jury selection to begin on February 7. Prosecutors will argue that the three men violated Arbery’s civil rights and targeted him for being black.

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

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