A Georgia man and his father convicted of a federal hate crime for the murder of a Black man who was shot dead while jogging were sentenced to life in prison Monday.
Travis McMichael, 36, and his father, Gregory McMichael, 66, have been serving life sentences after being found guilty in a state trial for the 2020 murder of Ahmaud Arbery.
U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood sentenced both men to life in prison on separate hate crimes and denied their request that they be allowed to serve their sentences in a federal prison instead of a facility. of the state.
McMichaels, who is white, chased Arbery in a pickup on February 23, 2020 as he jogged through their neighborhood near the town of Brunswick, Georgia.
Travis McMichael confronts 25-year-old Arbery when he walks past their truck and shoots him dead.
The race-related case has added fuel to the nationwide protests over the police killing of African-Americans started by the May 2020 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The third man involved in the chase, William Bryan, who had a less direct role in the murder and cooperated with investigators, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole on the charge. gorvernment’s.
He received a 35-year prison sentence on federal charges.
During the federal hate crime trial, prosecutors recounted how three men were accused of using slurs about race and a history of racism.
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