Two of the three men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery have received a sentence of life in prison without parole.
Travis and Gregory McMichael were sentenced to life without parole, while their accomplice William “Roddie” Bryan was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. The McMichels, both father and son McMichaels were convicted on four counts of felony murder, while Bryan was convicted on three counts.
The murder took place in Brunswick, Georgia, in February 2020. The defense argued the three killers had been trying to carry out a citizen's arrest after they had seen Arbery walking around a construction site in their neighborhood. They claimed to believe Arbery was committing a robbery and boxed him in with their pickup trucks, then things got physical. The younger McMichael, Travis, fatally shot Arbery during a struggle.
Prosecutors said Arbery was unarmed and simply going for a jog and posed no threat to the men, who hunted him down in an act of attempted vigilantism.
Attorneys for the three men said they will file an appeal. In addition to the felony murder charges, they were convicted of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony.