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Two Men Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Arbery Murder

January 7, 2022 by Dan McCue
Two Men Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Arbery Murder
Ahmaud Arbery's father Marcus Arbery, center, sits in the courtroom with other family members during the sentencing of Greg McMichael, his son, Travis McMichael, and a neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan in the Glynn County Courthouse, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, in Brunswick, Ga. The three found guilty in the February 2020 slaying of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, Pool)

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A judge in Georgia sentenced the three men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery to life in prison on Friday, giving two of them sentences that included no possibility of parole.

Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael were both sentenced to life plus 20 years without the possibility of parole. 

Judge Timothy Walmsley sentenced their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, who filmed the incident, to life with the possibility of parole.

The sentences stem from a February 2020 incident during which the McMichaels and Bryan followed the 25-year-old Arbery through the Georgia suburb of Satilla Shores. Arbery was merely jogging in their community when Travis McMichael shot and killed him.

As previously reported in The Well News, a jury in November found all three men guilty on multiple murder counts, among other charges. 

Travis McMichael was found guilty on all charges, including malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony.

Gregory McMichael, who rode armed in the bed of a pickup truck as his son chased Arbery, is guilty on all charges except malice murder. 

Bryan, who joined the pursuit after it was already in progress, is guilty on three counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony.

The jury cleared Bryan of charges of malice murder, felony murder involving aggravated assault with a firearm and the count of aggravated assault with a firearm.

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