Ahmaud Arbery's Murderers Now Face Life in Prison

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The emotionally charged trial was imbued with racism from the defense, who sought to dehumanize Arbery and paint him as a criminal.
On Wednesday, jurors found Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory McMichael, guilty of several counts of felony murder for shooting and killing 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery while he was out on a jog last year in Brunswick, Georgia.

The younger McMichael, who shot Arbery with a shotgun, was also found guilty of malice murder. Their accomplice, William "Roddie" Bryan, was found guilty of felony murder for his participation in the shooting. Bryan filmed the murder, providing the evidence that proved critical to securing both the initial indictment and a guilty verdict.

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All men were guilty of aggravated assault and attempted kidnapping, after they pursued Arbery in their trucks and detained him while attempting to make a "citizen's arrest."

The two McMichael men face life in prison. Bryan also faces a sentence of life without parole. All three men have also been charged by the Department of Justice with felony hate crimes and still face trials in those cases.

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The case came to national prominence after local law enforcement hesitated for more than two months to arrest Bryan and the McMichaels after the shooting. The police alleged that they wanted to arrest the McMichaels immediately, but were told not to do so by the initial prosecutor, Jackie Johnson, who ultimately recused herself because she had worked with the older McMichael. Johnson now faces criminal charges for obstructing the…
Nicole Lewis, Jeremy Stahl
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