Two months after all three of Ahmaud Arbery’s murders were found guilty of his death, a judge has sentenced the men. As Mamas Uncut previously reported Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan were all found guilty of murder on November 24, 2021.
Ahmaud Arbery’s Murderers Receive Their Sentences and Learn Their Fate
And on January 7, Travis McMichael was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole plus 25 years. Gregory McMichael was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole plus 20 years. And William “Roddie” Bryan was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole.
The judge made comments in regards to Bryan’s charges he was convicted of and the remorse he showed, and while Bryan’s representation believed he should not have been found guilty of murder, the judge disagreed. The judge argued that because Bryan, who was driving the truck at the time of Arbery’s death, positioned the truck to impede Arbery’s ability to get away from both McMicheal, he is culpable.
As Mamas Uncut previously reported, Travis McMichael was the man who fired three rounds at Arbery. He was found guilty on all nine counts which included malice murder and four counts of felony murder.
McMichael’s father, Gregory McMichael was found guilty of felony murder and other charges but found not guilty of malice murder. The third man, William “Roddie” Bryan, who recorded the video, was found guilty of three counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony.
The courtroom was filled with cheers and tears as the guilty verdicts were read aloud, at the time. Arbery’s mom, Wanda Cooper-Jones, later said, “We finally got justice.”
As it has been reported, Ahmaud Arbery was shot while he was running in the Georgia neighborhood on February 23, 2020. Prior to his death, Arbery had not committed a crime as he attempted to flee the three men who were chasing him in a pickup truck.
Following the guilty verdicts, Georgia governor Brian P. Kemp released this statement. “Ahmaud Arbery was the victim of vigilantism that has no place in Georgia. As legal efforts continue to hold accountable all who may be responsible, we hope the Arbery family, the Brunswick community, our state, and those around the nation who have been following his case can now move forward down a path of healing and reconciliation.”
All three of the murders are able to appeal their charges.
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