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Three Georgia men were sentenced to life in prison for the ‘chilling’ murder of Arbery

Three Georgia men were sentenced to life in prison for the ‘chilling’ murder of Arbery. 

A Georgia judge handed down Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael to life imprisonment on Friday. Without the possibility of parole in connection with what was described as”the “chilling” 2020 murder of Ahmad Arbery. 

The black man ran through their predominantly suburban white area in southern U.S. state.

Timothy Walmsley also gave a life sentence to their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan. Still, the judge ruled that he was eligible for parole after serving 30 years of prison, which is the minimum term allowed according to Georgia law.

Similar to the remarks that Arbery’s relatives expressed their sorrow earlier in the trial in Glynn County Superior Court, the judge was critical of the three defendants for their mistake of not thinking of Arbery as just another neighbor.

He told the McMichaels the harshest punishment he could give them due to the “callous” words and actions recorded on a cellphone which sparked national protest as it came to light during the spring of 2020.

“It was a chilling, alarming scene,” the judge declared of the video clip in which McMichael starts to raise his shotgun towards Arbery, while Arbery, who is 25 years old, is just 20 yards away. 

“I kept coming back to the terror that must have been in the mind of the young man running through Satilla Shores.”

The jury of November convicted Gregory McMichael, 66, his son Travis McMichael, 35, and their neighbor Bryan 52, who was found guilty of murder and aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and an intent-to-commit crime that is a criminal offense.

 

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