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