Gregory McMichael & Travis McMichael Receive Life Without Parole For The Murder Of Ahmaud Arbery—William Bryan Jr Receives Life With Possibility Of Parole - The Shade Room

Gregory McMichael & Travis McMichael Receive Life Without Parole For The Murder Of Ahmaud Arbery—William Bryan Jr Receives Life With Possibility Of Parole

Back in November, Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William Bryan Jr. were convicted for the 2020 murder of Ahmaud Arbery. Today, they returned to court and were sentenced.

Gregory McMichael received life +20 years, and his son Travis McMichael received life +20 years. Their neighbor William Bryan Jr. received life with the possibility of parole. According to ABC News, Bryan, who is 52, will be eligible for parole after he has served at least 30 years of his sentence. Before reading the sentence, Judge Timothy Walmsley spoke about the five minutes Ahmaud ran for his life before he was killed.

He asked the courtroom to sit in silence for one minute to give a perspective of what those five minutes must have been like as Ahmaud ran for his life. Judge Walmsley said, “Ahmaud Arbery was hunted down and shot, and he was killed because individuals here in the courtroom took the law into their own hands.”

He continued to say, “When I thought about this, I thought from a lot of different angles. I kept coming back to the terror that must have been in the mind of the young man running through Satilla Shores.”

 

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Prior to the reading of the sentences, Ahmaud’s mother, father and sister spoke to the court and as they emotionally spoke about the heartbreak they’ve faced following his murder, and as they asked for his killers to receive the maximum sentence.

Ahmaud’s sister, Jasmine described her brother to the court and said he had dark skin “that glistened in the sunlight,” and added he had “thick, curly hair and an athletic build.” She proceeded to say, “These are the qualities that made these men assume that Ahmaud was a dangerous criminal and chase him with guns drawn. To me, those qualities reflect a young man full of life and energy who looked like me and the people I loved.”

Ahmaud’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, also said, “This wasn’t a case of mistaken identity or mistaken fact. They chose to target my son because they didn’t want him in their community. They chose to treat him differently than other people who frequently visited their community.”

 

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