Ahmaud Arbery case: Georgia men sentenced in 2020 murder of unarmed Black man

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Three Georgia men were sentenced Friday after being convicted in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black man who was running through a mostly White neighborhood outside Brunswick.

Travis McMichael, 35, was convicted in Glynn County of murder alongside his father Greg McMichael, 66, and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 52 for the Feb. 2020, slaying of the 25-year-old man.

Glynn County Superior Judge Timothy Walmsley handed down the following sentences: 

Travis McMichael – Life in prison without parole plus 20 years

Greg McMichael – Life in prison without parole plus 20 years

William “Roddie” Bryan – Life in prison with the possibility of parole

This combination of booking photos provided by the Glynn County, Ga., Detention Center, shows, from left, Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. (Glynn County Detention Center via AP, File)
(Glynn County Detention Center via AP, File)

After spotting Arbery running by their house, the McMichaels grabbed their guns and pursued him in their white pickup truck for five minutes. Bryan saw the commotion and joined the chase — but he was unarmed. 

He recorded video on his cellphone that captured part of the deadly confrontation. The two can be seen tussling over the shotgun, before Travis McMichael blasts Arbery in the chest. He testified at trial that he acted in self-defense after Arbery grabbed his shotgun.

The McMichael’s lawyers said the men suspected that Arbery was a burglar and recognized him as the man captured in surveillance footage wandering around a nearby under-construction house. They said they tried to make a citizen’s arrest.

Dozens of Black Lives Matter and Black Panther protesters gathered outside the Glynn County Courthouse during the trial of Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan  Nov. 22, 2021, in Brunswick, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

A jury in November found Travis McMichael guilty of all the charges while Greg McMichael was convicted on all but one count, malice murder. 

Bryan was found guilty on three counts of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment and one count of criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

The men face a federal hate crimes trial for the same murder and jury selection is slated to begin in that case Feb. 7. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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