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Ahmaud Arbery's Killers Found Guilty

By Paula Gallagher··  2 min read
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Today, a jury found three men guilty of murder and other charges in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in February 2020.

Three men, Gregory McMichael, 65, his son Travis McMichael, 35, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, were all charged with the same nine criminal counts: one count of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment, and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony.

Travis McMichael, who fired the shots that killed Arbery, was found guilty on all nine counts. Gregory McMichael was found guilty on eight counts, only excluding malice murder. Bryan, who recorded the killing, was found guilty of three counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony. He was not convicted of malice murder, one count of felony murder, and one count of aggravated assault.

All three men face minimum life sentences in prison; the possibility of parole has not yet been determined by the judge. The sentencing hasn’t been scheduled yet.

One of Gregory McMichael’s attorneys said they intend to appeal.

The McMichaels and Bryan also face federal hate crimes charges. A separate federal trial is scheduled to begin on February 7, 2022. The Justice Department charged all three men with “violating Arbery’s civil rights as well as attempted kidnapping for using their trucks and guns to try to detain him.”

According to the federal indictment, they used illegal force to “injure, intimidate and interfere with” Arbery because of his “race and color.”

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