US NEWS Sentencing date set for men who killed Ahmaud Arbery

Sentencing date set for men who killed Ahmaud Arbery

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The white men convicted of hate crime charges in the 2020 killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man out for a jog at the time, are set to be sentenced this summer.

Gregory McMichael, his son, Travis, and their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, each face a maximum penalty of life in prison in connection with the 2020 death of the 25-year-old Black man. All three men are scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 1, though prosecutors in a filing late Tuesday requested the judge push it back to Aug. 6.

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FILE – This photo combo shows, from left, Travis McMichael, William “Roddie” Bryan, and Gregory McMichael during their trial at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga. (AP)

Arbery was out for a run in the Satilla Shores neighborhood just outside Brunswick – home to a mostly white, affluent community – when he was confronted by the trio on the afternoon of Feb. 23, 2020. Authorities said Travis and his father, who is also an ex-cop, armed themselves and then chased Arbery in a pickup truck while Bryan followed in a separate vehicle and recorded the fatal interaction.

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The McMichaels told investigators they believed Arbery to be a burglar, adding that Travis McMichael opened fire in self-defense, after Arbery threw punches and grabbed for his shotgun.

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No arrests were made until months later, sparking widespread outrage that was only further fueled by clips of the deadly interaction shared online.

FILE - In this 2012 file photo provided by Yolanda Richardson, of FuzzyRabbit Fotos, Ahmaud Arbery poses for a senior photo on St.  Andrews Beach, Jekyll Island, Ga.
FILE – In this 2012 file photo provided by Yolanda Richardson, of FuzzyRabbit Fotos, Ahmaud Arbery poses for a senior photo on St. Andrews Beach, Jekyll Island, Ga. (Yolanda Richardson/AP)

Their sentencing in the federal case is mostly symbolic. The McMichaels and Bryan are already serving life sentences in Georgia after being convicted of murder in a state court last fall.

The trio stood trial a second time in federal court, where they were found guilty in February of committing hate crimes after a jury concluded Arbery’s killing was motivated by race.

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