In Georgia, the three men who chased down and murdered Ahmaud Arbery were sentenced to life in prison Friday. Travis McMichael, who shot Arbery three times, and his father Gregory McMichael, a former police officer, will not be eligible for parole. Their neighbor, William Bryan, will become eligible for parole after 30 years. Before announcing the sentences, Judge Timothy Walmsley held a minute of silence, representing just a “fraction” of the time 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery ran from the three killers. Outside the courtroom, Arbery’s family and their supporters celebrated the sentences. This is his father, Marcus Arbery.
Marcus Arbery: “He’s a kid of love, because he brought people together. I’m telling you, he was a young one, but he thought he was the oldest. So, hey, Ahmaud, rest in peace, because mommy and daddy got glory for you.”
Attorney Ben Crump also highlighted the significance of the trial’s outcome.
Benjamin Crump: “Today your son has made history, because we have people who have been held accountable for lynching a Black man in America.”
All three of Arbery’s murderers will also face a federal hate crime trial next month.