Travis McMichael sentenced to life in prison for federal hate crimes in killing of Ahmaud Arbery (Picture: Reuters)
The man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man jogging through his Georgia neighborhood in 2020, was sentenced again to life in prison on federal hate crime charges.
Travis McMichael, 36, who fatally shot Arbery, was sentenced Monday to life plus 10 years in prison.
Travis, his father, Gregory McMichael, 66, and their neighbor, William ‘Roddie’ Bryan, 52, were convicted of murder in a state trial last November and sentenced to life in prison, with both McMichaels denied the possibility of parole.
In February, the three white men were all found guilty of violating Arbery’s rights and targeting him because of his race when they confronted him in February 2020 while he was on a run through their coastal Georgia neighborhood.
The men chased Arbery through their neighborhood in trucks, and when they cornered him, Travis McMichael fatally shot him with a shotgun and Bryan filmed the deathly encounter using his cellphone. They were only arrested months later after footage from the shooting garnered national attention.
US District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood will decide later Monday whether Gregory McMichael and Bryan will face an additional life sentence.
The judge on Monday also said that Travis McMichael would have to serve his sentence in a state prison, instead of the federal prison his attorneys requested.
During the federal hate crimes trial, the jury was presented with dozens of text messages and social media posts from Travis McMichael and Bryan, who both used racial slurs and frequently made derogatory comments about black people.
Investigators were unable to access Greg McMichael’s cellphone records because of phone encryption, but found some Facebook posts, including a status he wrote saying that ‘a gun in hand is worth more than an entire police force on the phone.’
A federal prosecutor told jurors the men treated Arbery as if he were ‘subhuman.’
‘These defendants didn’t show Ahmaud Arbery the dignity that a dog deserves when it gets hit by a car,’ federal prosecutor Tara Lyons said in February.
‘That’s because these defendants saw Ahmaud as less than human,’ she added.
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