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Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers Sentenced on Federal Hate Crimes Charges

HeadlineAug 09, 2022

A federal court in Brunswick, Georgia, has sentenced the white father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael to additional terms of life in prison on federal hate crimes charges for the 2020 murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man shot and killed while jogging through a mostly white neighborhood. An accomplice, William Bryan Jr., was sentenced to an additional 35 years. All three men are already serving life sentences in Georgia after they were convicted last November of Arbery’s murder. On Monday, a judge rejected a bid by the McMichaels to serve their time in federal prison, which they argued would be safer than the state prison where they’re being held. Ahmaud Arbery’s mother Wanda Cooper-Jones spoke to reporters outside the courthouse after the sentences were handed down.

Wanda Cooper-Jones: “Travis chose not to even say that he was sorry. So it really showed the court, it showed the family, it showed everybody who’s been saying 'Justice for Ahmaud,' what kind of people really took my son away.”

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