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    [Breaking news update, published at 4:20 p.m. ET] William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., one of the three White men convicted in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, was sentenced to 35 years Monday after his federal convictions this year on interference with rights — a hate crime — along with attempted kidnapping. Bryan’s sentencing in a federal courtroom in Georgia came soon after his neighbors, father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael, were sentenced to life plus seven years and 10 years, respectively, on weapons charges. All three already are serving life sentences for their convictions in state court on a series of charges related to the February 2020 killing of the 25-year-old Black man, including felony murder. [Previous story, published at 3:23 p.m. ET] Gregory and Travis McMichael, the White father and son convicted in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, were sentenced Monday to life in prison after their federal convictions this year on interference with rights — a hate crime — along with attempted kidnapping and weapon use charges. Their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., the third man involved in...
    [Breaking news update at at 1:51 p.m.] Gregory McMichael, one of the three White men convicted in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, was sentenced Monday to life in prison plus seven years after his federal convictions this year on interference with rights — a hate crime — along with attempted kidnapping and weapon use charges. Gregory McMichael’s sentence came hours after his son, Travis, received a second life sentence at the same Georgia courthouse on convictions of the same federal charges. Their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., is set to be sentenced later Monday afternoon. All three already are serving life sentences for their convictions in state court on a series of charges related to the killing of the 25-year-old Black man, including felony murder. [Previous story, published at 12:39 p.m. ET] Travis McMichael, one of the three White men convicted in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, was sentenced Monday to life in prison plus 10 years after his federal convictions this year on interference with rights — a hate crime — along with attempted kidnapping and weapon use charges....
    TRAVIS and George McMichael met their fate in a courtroom as they were sentenced for the death of Ahmaud Arbery. Arbery's family has been relentlessly seeking justice since his death was publicized on social media. 5 Ahmaud Arbery died on February 23, 2020Credit: Reuters  Who are Travis and Gregory McMichael? Ahmaud Arbery's case, along with the high-profile killings of George Floyd and other black men and women, fueled months of nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality in the US. Those who were accused of killing Ahmaud include: Gregory McMichael 5 Photo of Gregory McMichael in courtCredit: Reuters Gregory McMichael, 65, is a white retired law enforcement officer. Employment records show he failed to complete sufficient basic law enforcement training, according to The Guardian. This led to him losing his power of arrest in 2006, it adds, for failing to complete the required 20 hours of training the previous year. Gregory was an investigator in the Brunswick judicial circuit district attorney’s office from 1995 to 2019. News4Jax adds that: "For eight years, Gregory McMichael was acting as an investigator...
    The man who shot and killed Ahmaud Arbery was sentenced to life in prison on Monday on federal hate crime charges. Travis McMichael was given an additional decade behind bars. There is no parole in the federal justice system. McMichael will serve his sentence in state, not federal, prison. McMichael’s attorney wanted him to serve his time behind federal bars, arguing that McMichael is less likely to face violence there as opposed to state prison. Georgia’s state prisons are under federal investigation for their conditions. A plea agreement, which Arber’s family objected to, that would’ve seen the McMichaels serving 30 years in federal prison was rejected by U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood. McMichael and his father, Gregory McMichael, and their former neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan were convicted in February on federal charges stemming from the shooting death of Arbery, who was killed in early 2020 when he was jogging through a Georgia neighborhood. The McMichaels claimed they believed Arbery was stealing, so they got into their pickup truck and went after him. Bryan joined the chase and recorded the...
    Travis McMichael, one of the three White men convicted in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, was sentenced Monday to life in prison plus 10 years after his federal convictions this year on interference with rights — a hate crime — along with attempted kidnapping and weapon use charges. His father Gregory McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan are due to be sentenced later Monday at the same Georgia courthouse on convictions of the same federal charges. All three already are serving life sentences for their convictions in state court on a series of charges related to the killing of the 25-year-old Black man, including felony murder. Travis McMichael, his father and Bryan were found guilty of the federal charges in February, with the jury accepting prosecutors’ argument the defendants acted out of racial animus toward Arbery. Travis McMichael, who fatally shot Arbery, was also found guilty of using and carrying a Remington shotgun while his father, Gregory was found guilty of using and carrying a .357 Magnum revolver. Travis McMichael’s life sentence, along with 20 years on the attempted...
    (CNN)Travis McMichael, one of the three White men convicted in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, was sentenced Monday to life in prison plus 10 years after his federal convictions this year on interference with rights -- a hate crime -- along with attempted kidnapping and weapon use charges. One of Ahmaud Arberys killers fears being slain in a Georgia state prison, court document saysHis father Gregory McMichael and their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan are due to be sentenced later Monday at the same Georgia courthouse on convictions of the same federal charges. All three already are serving life sentences for their convictions in state court on a series of charges related to the killing of the 25-year-old Black man, including felony murder.Travis McMichael, his father and Bryan were found guilty of the federal charges in February, with the jury accepting prosecutors' argument the defendants acted out of racial animus toward Arbery. Travis McMichael, who fatally shot Arbery, was also found guilty of using and carrying a Remington shotgun while his father, Gregory was found guilty of using and carrying a...
    (CNN)One of the men found guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery fears being killed in state prison and wants to remain in federal custody for his safety, according to a court document filed by his attorney.Travis McMichael, along with his father Greg, and their neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan, was found guilty in the February 2020 shooting death of Arbery in the Satilla Shores neighborhood of Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia.They were convicted in November 2021 on the state murder charges. The McMichaels were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Bryan received a life sentence with the possibility of parole.In February, a jury found the three guilty of all charges in their separate federal hate crimes trial, backing prosecutors' case that the White men chased the 25-year-old through the streets of a Georgia neighborhood because he was Black.Sentence hearings for the three are due to begin on Monday at the federal courthouse in Brunswick. Read MoreTravis McMichael's attorney Amy Lee Copeland filed a memorandum Thursday in federal court asking for her client to remain in the physical custody...
    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The white man who initiated the neighborhood chase that resulted in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery is asking a federal judge to show leniency when he’s sentenced next week for a federal hate crime conviction. While Greg McMichael deserves “a substantial period of incarceration,” his defense attorney said in a legal filing, he should be spared a life sentence — though he has already been sentenced to life without parole on a separate murder conviction. McMichael also wants the judge to transfer him to a federal prison so that he avoids serving time for Arbery’s murder in Georgia’s state prison system, which can’t ensure his safety from attacks by other inmates, the lawyer said. McMichael, 66, is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court along with his adult son, Travis McMichael, and their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan. A jury convicted all three in February of committing hate crimes, concluding 25-year-old Arbery had been targeted because he was Black. The McMichaels armed themselves with guns and jumped in a pickup truck to chase Arbery...
    Jackie Johnson. In November 2021, Travis McMichael, his father Greg McMichael, and their neighbor William Bryan were convicted of murdering 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery as he jogged through the Satilla Shores area of Glynn County, Georgia. In January, the three men were sentenced to life in prison, the father and son McMichaels without the possibility of parole. The three racist men targeted Arbery because of the color of his skin, erroneously assumed he was some kind of burglar, and then chased after him in a pickup truck before attacking Arbery with a shotgun. Arbery defended himself and then was shot three times and killed. The entire hate crime was captured on Bryan’s cell phone. Arbery was killed on Feb. 23, 2020, but it wasn’t until May when a criminal defense attorney leaked the tape of his murder to a Georgia radio station that the world began putting pressure on the unconscionably slow legal process unfolding in Glynn County. It took the Glynn County Police Department months to even arrest the men guilty of Arbery’s murder, and it didn’t take a long walk of logic to know the...
    (CNN)In the weeks following the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, Greg McMichael, one of the men later convicted in Arbery's death, participated in 16 phone calls with the former Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson, according to court documents filed in the Superior Court of Glynn County on Wednesday.Arbery, 25, was shot on February 23, 2020, while running from Greg McMichael, his son Travis and the McMichaels' neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan, in the Satilla Shores neighborhood of Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia.The three were convicted last November of Arbery's murder. In February, a jury found that the three White men had chased Arbery as he was jogging because he was Black. It found them guilty of interference of rights, a federal hate crime; and attempted kidnapping.The document filed Wednesday was the prosecution's response to two motions to dismiss criminal charges against Johnson for her role in allegedly mishandling the McMichael case. In the filing, government lawyers argue that Johnson's legal challenge is untimely, that the evidence supporting Johnson's indictment was sufficient, and that there was no flaw in the...
    (CNN)Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael are seeking acquittal of their federal hate crimes convictions related to the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, arguing the 25-year-old Black man's killing didn't happen on public streets, according to court documents filed Tuesday. The McMichaels filed separate motions for judgments of acquittal on all the federal charges they were convicted of last month, including the hate crime charge of interference of rights and attempted kidnapping. They claim the government did not provide sufficient evidence for the convictions.The father and son, along with their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan, were convicted in November on state murder charges in Arbery's death. The McMichaels were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Bryan received a life sentence with the possibility of parole.Jury finds Ahmaud Arberys killers were racially motivated in chasing himDuring the federal trial, a jury found the three White men chased Arbery as he was jogging through the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Glynn County, Georgia, in February 2020 because he was Black. In the 43-page appeal for an acquittal, attorneys for Travis...
    Even as he embraced police cultivated a 'law and order' image, former President Donald Trump slammed police conduct in high-profile cases involving black citizens in private comments to Bill Barr, the former attorney general claims in his new book. Trump weighed in in private on several of those cases – including the high-profile police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis – saying the video looked 'pretty bad.' 'If all you know about Donald Trump was the caricature of him in the news media, you might assume he would automatically side with the police and callously disregard the possibility of excessive force. That wasn't his reaction,' Barr writes in his book, One Damn Thing After Another. Barr describes getting an 'angry' call from Trump after Floyd's killing in 2020. 'What the hell were those cops thinking?' Trump told him, Barr writes. 'I couldn't watch the whole thing. It was terrible,' he said.  Trump wanted to make sure the Justice Department was aggressively pursuing the matter, Barr writes. Former President Donald Trump phoned AG Bill Barr after watching video of the George...
    The killers of Ahmaud Arbery “stand in for millions of Americans” nationwide who believe that skin color deems one “less worthy,” according to a recent Washington Post piece that also accuses many Americans of denying and downplaying rampant racism throughout the country. The Monday essay, titled “Why I don’t complain about racism to White people,” was penned by Post columnist Brian Broome and began by arguing that Ahmaud Arbery’s three killers who were convicted last week of federal hate crimes were not an “anomaly” or “from a bygone era” but represent “millions” of racist Americans that can be found “everywhere” in the country. Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was shot and killed in Georgia while jogging by Travis McMichael, who pursued Arbery, believing he was a burglar. McMichael’s father was also charged and found guilty for joining his son by pursuing Arbery as well as a neighbor, William Bryan. All three defendants in the trial for Arbery’s case were found guilty, despite questions from some media outlets and activists that justice would not be served in the trial from a...
    ATLANTA (AP) — The Black man who served as foreman of the jury that convicted three white men of federal hate crimes in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery said he believes the guilty verdicts show that while acts of racial violence still occur in the U.S. “we’re moving in the right direction.” “Wrong is wrong and right is right,” Marcus Ransom told The New York Times in an interview published Tuesday. “No matter what it is, you’ve got to have consequences. No one is above laws.” Ransom, a 35-year-old social worker, was the only Black man on the jury that spent a week in a Brunswick, Georgia, courtroom hearing the hate crimes case in U.S. District Court. Jurors deliberated less than four hours before finding each of the defendants guilty on all counts Feb. 22. Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael armed themselves and used a pickup truck to chase Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, after spotting him running in their neighborhood Feb. 23, 2020. A neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, joined the pursuit in his own truck and recorded...
    On Sunday, American Idol aired its 20th season premiere, prompting people across the country to sigh, “Damn, I’m old.” It has officially been 20 years since the immortal words, “You’re going to Hollywood,” were first uttered in unison by Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell. Two decades of the cultural phenomenon that birthed huge, generation-defining stars such as Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Carrie Underwood. Idol’s popularity may not be what it once was, but there was a time when seemingly everybody blocked out that hour on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to watch Cowell and Abdul flirt relentlessly in between forgettable covers of Whitney Houston songs. Now, American Idol airs on ABC, and its judging panel is made up of actual singers Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan. It leans less on humiliation for laughs—fans will remember how early seasons of the show were often defined by mocking the delusions of failed auditioners, with Simon Cowell saying the meanest thing you’ve ever heard to a tone-deaf teenage girl from Kentucky. And let’s not forget about the infamous, mean-spirited William...
    The final chapter of Trayvon Martin’s tragically short life began with a famously innocuous errand: a Sunday evening convenience-store run for some skittles and a drink. But the quick trip for a treat on Feb. 26, 2012, ended in a lethal confrontation with a neighborhood watch volunteer, who fatally shot the 17-year-old on the street. While the killing of a hoodie-wearing Black teenager was not exactly unheard of a decade ago, the vigilante-style shooting helped ignite a racial reckoning that has surged repeatedly over the last decade, culminating in protests against police that defined 2020. The reverberations of his son’s death have been mind-blowing to Tracy Martin, the teenager’s father who lived in the Sanford, Florida, gated community where Trayvon was killed by 28-year-old George Zimmerman exactly a decade ago. “It was surreal to see all the dominos falling,” Martin told The Daily Beast this week, adding, “People were already sick and tired of being pushed aside. But Trayvon’s death hit a nerve and sparked a global movement. It was so unexpected and touching.” America has seen far too many...
    (CNN)Tuesday brought guilty verdicts in the federal hate crime case of the three men who killed Ahmaud Arbery. The jury delivered the verdicts quickly -- a momentary respite in the grueling wait for justice when it comes to race in America. Areva Martin The outcome was not a surprise given the overwhelming evidence presented by the prosecution and glaring lack of evidence presented by the defense. The prosecution called 21 witnesses, with many testifying about horrific and offensive racist slurs and rants by the defendants -- hatred aimed specifically at Black people. The language that witnesses attributed to all three men was so disturbing as to cause a juror to ask about counseling and to send one witness off the stand in tears. The case speaks to bigger issues about an entire swath of our country that has been inculcated with theories of White supremacy and superiority -- and Black inferiority. Read MoreThese theories and messages play out regularly on television, in communities like the one at issue in this case, and in the media. They reinforce anti-Black...
    (CNN)Two years ago people around the world pledged to jog, walk or run 2.23 miles, symbolic of the day Georgia man, Ahmaud Arbery was gunned down while running February 23, 2020. Today, many of those are doing it again under the hashtag #IStillRunWithMaud, to honor Arbery's life and advocate for racial equality following news the three White men convicted in his murder were also found guilty in federal court Tuesday for pursuing Arbery out of racial animus, his family says. Sarah Seither, an avid runner in Pickerington, Ohio runs every year on February 23 in honor of Arbery, but Wednesday's run felt special coming on the heels of Tuesday's verdict, she said."Today I ran further than 2.23 miles, but I paused for a brief moment at the 2.23-mile mark, and every step was with Ahmaud in mind," Seither said. "It's a sport and activity that I love and rely on for my mental and physical health. On days like today, I realize that I sometimes take for granted being able to exercise safely, so today I had feelings of gratitude...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The white men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery as he ran on a residential street remained free for more than two months, with police and prosecutors appearing to accept their story that the young Black man was a fleeing criminal who turned and attacked before being fatally shot. Two years after Arbery fell dead on Feb. 23, 2020, the trio responsible for the deadly pursuit has seen its version of events rejected in court. After two trials held a few months apart, the three men have been convicted not only of murder, but also of federal hate crimes. Amid a national reckoning over racial injustice in the criminal legal system, the back-to-back guilty verdicts have bolstered Arbery’s family and local activists who initially feared the killing just outside the Georgia port city of Brunswick might go unpunished. “It shows that there’s hope for our justice system,” said the Rev. John Perry, who was president of the Brunswick NAACP chapter when Arbery was killed. “I don’t think it’s an absolute game changer.” Activists are...
    Georgia on Wednesday will mark its first “Ahmaud Arbery Day” after state lawmakers decided to commemorate the day that the 25-year-old was killed while jogging through a neighborhood. On Wednesday, which is the second anniversary of Arbery's killing, lawmakers encouraged individuals to mark the day by running 2.23 miles in Arbery's memory. Local prayer vigils and memorials were also scheduled for the day, according to The Washington Post.  “On February 23, 2022, the State of Georgia honors one of its most distinguished citizens,” the lawmakers' resolution said, “prior to the senseless loss of his life because of the color of his skin.” The resolution also noted that Arbery was “a compassionate and generous man,” who had “left an impact on countless Georgians and Americans.” Additionally, the Ahmaud Arbery Foundation, which was created by his mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, urged people for 23 seconds to remember Arbery or to make a $23 donation to the foundation, the Post reported. The anniversary comes just one day after a grand jury convicted Arbery's killers — Travis McMichael, 36; his father Gregory McMichael, 66 and William “Roddie”...
    A jury has found the three White men who killed Ahmaud Arbery in 2020 guilty of all charges in their federal hate crimes trial, backing prosecutors’ case that the men chased the 25-year-old through the streets of a Georgia neighborhood because he was Black. Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan were found guilty of interference of rights, a federal hate crime; and attempted kidnapping. The verdict comes nearly two years to the day that Arbery was killed in a neighborhood outside Brunswick on February 23, 2020. And it’s months after the three were convicted in a state court in November of murder. Arbery’s relatives held each other and cried — and several jurors wiped tears away from their own faces — as Tuesday’s verdicts were read in the federal courtroom in Brunswick. Outside the courthouse, Arbery family attorney Ben Crump took the hands of Arbery’s mother Wanda Cooper-Jones and father Marcus Arbery Sr. and raised them in victory. LIVE UPDATES: Arbery’s killers found guilty in hate crimes trial “Thank God for this good morning, that Wanda...
    (CNN)On February 23, 2020, 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery went for a run.Jogging through a neighborhood outside Brunswick in southern Georgia, two White men saw Arbery, who was Black, and chased after him, telling authorities later they believed he was the same person suspected previously of trespassing at a nearby home under construction.Within moments, Arbery was gunned down and killed. Two years after his death, his family says justice has been delivered after three men convicted in his murder were found guilty in federal court Tuesday for having done so out of racial animus. Jury finds Ahmaud Arberys killers were racially motivated in chasing him"This hate crime trial actually showed the world what was going on in the minds of the murderers who killed Ahmaud, their state of mind, what type of people they really were," Wanda Cooper-Jones, Arbery's mother, told CNN's Don Lemon on Tuesday.Read MoreThe White men -- Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael, along with neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan, who is also White -- each were convicted on a hate crime charge of interference of rights in addition...
    The family and attorneys of Ahmaud Arbery raise their arms in victory outside the federal courthouse in Brunswick, Ga., after all three men involved in his killing were found guilty of hate crimes.Lewis M. Levine/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.The three men who chased, cornered, and gunned down Ahmaud Arbery were convicted of a federal hate crime today. Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan had already been convicted in Georgia on state-level charges of murder, but today’s decision establishes for the legal record that they killed Arbery because he was Black and ensures that the defendants would still have to serve significant amounts of prison time if their murder convictions were overturned on appeal.  During the murder trial, prosecutors tended to sidestep the topic of race, even as it haunted the proceedings in the form of concerns that the majority-white jury would not give the case a fair hearing. The hate crimes trial, on the other hand, focused directly on the question of whether...
    Georgia State Representative Sandra Scott is hosting a ceremony of events for Ahmaud Arbery’s family this week and is encouraging citizens to participate. There will be several events around the state on Wednesday, February 23, which is the second anniversary of Arbery’s death. The event schedule is as follows: Rep. Scott’s privileged resolution ceremony for Arbery family – Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta; Candlelight vigil march – Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 5 p.m. at the Ahmaud Arbery Mural in Brunswick; Transformative Justice Coalition discussion event on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick. At the ceremony in Atlanta, Rep. Scott will present the Arbery family with a privileged resolution, which recognizes his family and highlights that his death led to the overhaul of Georgia’s citizen’s arrest statute and the enactment of a new hate crimes law. Rep. Scott also encourages individuals to walk or run 2.23...
    The men behind the murder of Ahmaud Arbery were convicted on Tuesday on all federal counts in a hate crime trial – a day before the two-year anniversary of Arbery’s death. Arbery, a Black man, was shot and killed in a Georgia neighborhood in 2020 by three White people – Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and their former neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan. The McMichaels and Bryan were convicted of interfering with Arbery’s civil rights and attempted kidnapping. The McMichaels, who are already serving a sentence of life without parole after being convicted in the state trial in November, were also found guilty of, as the Department of Justice alleged in announcing the federal counts last year, “using, carrying, and brandishing—and in Travis’s case, discharging—a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.” The charges carry a sentence of life in prison. In the state trial, Bryan also received a life sentence but, unlike the McMichaels, has the possibility of parole after serving 30 years. Watch above, via CNN. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    Travis McMichael, the Georgia man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery, has been found guilty of a federal hate crime, according to CNN and Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller. This conviction follows a murder conviction in November 2021, when Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan were all found guilty of murder and other felony charges in connection with Arbery’s death. BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) \u2014 Travis McMichael, the man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery, has been convicted of a federal hate crime. — Zeke Miller (@Zeke Miller) 1645544114 Ahmaud Arbery's killers found guilty on all counts in federal hate crime trialhttps://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/ahmaud-arbery-killing-hate-crimes-verdict/h_2d42f428445a50cd32c2539e6b24d05e\u00a0\u2026 — CNNWynn (@CNNWynn) 1645544996 Gregory McMichael and Bryan have also been found guilty on the federal hate crime charge, along with Travis McMichael. The McMichaels and Bryan, during their murder trial in 2021, claimed that they believed Arbery, an African-American jogger, was committing a crime when they confronted him. But the jury didn’t buy their explanation and found them guilty of murder. Civil rights activists, throughout the murder trial, stressed that the only think...
    The three men who were found guilty last November of murdering Ahmaud Arbery are also guilty of federal hate crime charges, a jury ruled Tuesday. The three defendants, Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan, pleaded not guilty to the charges, but the jury ultimately concluded that they violated Arbery's civil rights and had a racial motivation in their pursuit of him. GEORGIA FATHER AND SON WHO KILLED AHMAUD ARBERY SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE, NEIGHBOR GETS LIFE WITH PAROLE Last month, a judge rejected a plea deal prosecutors reached in the hate crime charges with the McMichaels. The two men were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole following their conviction last November for the murder of Arbery. Bryan was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. This is a breaking story and will be updated. News Georgia Crime Gun Violence hate crime
    The three men who murdered black Georgia jogger Ahmaud Arbery have been convicted of federal hate crimes after a jury decided they'd targeted their victim because of his race. Travis McMichael, his dad Gregory McMichael, and friend Roddy Bryan, who filmed the February 2020 murder in Macon, Georgia, were convicted Tuesday morning. Jurors were sent out to try the case on Monday evening. All three were previously found guilty of Arbery's murder by a Georgia county court. The McMichaels' were sentenced to life without parole, with Bryan given life with the possibility of parole. During the trial, prosecutors showed roughly two dozen text messages and social media posts in which Travis McMichael and Bryan used racist slurs and made derogatory comments about Black people. The FBI wasn´t able to access Greg McMichael´s phone because it was encrypted. The McMichaels grabbed guns and jumped in a pickup truck to pursue Arbery after seeing him running in their neighborhood outside the Georgia port city of Brunswick in February 2020. Bryan joined the pursuit in his own pickup and recorded cellphone video of...
    [Breaking news update at 10:34 a.m.] A jury has found the three White men who killed Ahmaud Arbery guilty on a federal hate crime charge, backing prosecutors’ case that the men chased the 25-year-old through the streets of the Satilla Shores neighborhood, because he was Black. Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan were all found guilty of one count of interference of rights, a federal hate crime charge. They could now receive up to life in prison for the federal convictions. [Previous story, published at 10:17 a.m. ET] A verdict has been reached in the federal hate crimes trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers, a judge announced Tuesday morning. The verdict — coming after more than three hours of deliberations Monday and Tuesday — is expected to be read around 10:30 a.m. ET in federal court in Brunswick, Georgia. Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan were previously given life sentences after being convicted in a state court in November of felony murder and other charges for the killing of Arbery, a Black man,...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The man who recorded cellphone video of the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery has been convicted of a federal hate crime. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Travis McMichael, the man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery, has been convicted of a federal hate crime. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The three white men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, in the streets of Satilla Shores near Brunswick, Georgia, two years ago were found guilty in a federal hate-crime trial on Tuesday. The federal case against Travis McMichael, his father Gregory, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, centered on what drove them to commit the murder—a crime they were previously convicted of in state court. Specifically, federal prosecutors sought to prove they were motivated by racial animus when they used pick-up trucks to chase, cut off, and gun down Arbery on Feb. 23, 2020. Already looking at life in prison for felony murder at the state level, the men faced federal charges of interfering with Arbery’s right to use a public street because of his race, as well as attempted kidnapping. The McMichaels were also charged with firearm offenses related to the fatal shooting; Travis McMichael fired the shots that killed Arbery. The verdict marked one of the final chapters in a horrific saga that began with violent vigilantism in the earliest days of the coronavirus pandemic...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Greg McMichael, the man who pursued Ahmaud Arbery with his son, has been convicted of a federal hate crime. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Jurors have reached a verdict in the federal hate crimes trial of three white men convicted in Ahmaud Arbery’s slaying. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)The three White men convicted in the death of Ahmaud Arbery await to hear their fate for a second time as jury deliberations resume Tuesday morning in their federal hate crimes trial. Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan were previously given life prison sentences in state court, but federal charges they face -- including a hate crime, interference with rights -- bring additional punishments for acts that may have been racially motivated.During the closing rebuttal arguments on Monday, prosecutor Tara Lyons emphasized the state's position that "this offense happened" because Ahmaud was Black."On February 23, 2020, the three defendants did not see 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery as a fellow human being," Lyons said. From the start of the trial, prosecutors have homed in on testimony detailing how all three defendants spoke privately and publicly about Black people using inflammatory and derogatory language, including racial slurs. Read MoreDefense attorneys have not denied the use of their language yet argued the facts of the case show their response to Arbery was not due to his race.Jury in federal...
    BRUNSWICK, Georgia -- Three white men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery on a residential street acted out of "pent-up racial anger" and should be convicted of hate crimes, a federal prosecutor told a jury Monday. Defense attorneys argued that the Black man was fatally shot in self-defense and had acted suspiciously during prior trips to the neighborhood.The jury of eight white people, three Black people and one Hispanic person was sent to begin deliberations Monday afternoon after hearing dueling reasons for the killing in U.S. District Court. Verdicts on hate crime charges rest not on whether the pursuit and shooting were justified, but whether they were motivated by racism.The trial, which began a week ago, has been taking place simultaneously with that of three former Minneapolis police officers who have been charged with violating the civil rights of George Floyd. Floyd died on May 25, 2020, when then-officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground and pressed a knee to his neck for what authorities say was 9 1/2 minutes. Defense attorneys for the third officer rested their case...
    (CNN)The federal hate crimes trial for the three White men convicted of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, will soon go to the jury after testimony from more than 20 witnesses -- several of whom spoke about racist messages used by the defendants. A former Coast Guard colleague told jurors Travis McMichael, who shot and killed Arbery, called her a racist slur for dating a Black man. A New York woman testified that during a visit she made to Brunswick, Georgia, Gregory McMichael went on an angry rant about Black people. An FBI agent said in court that William "Roddie" Bryan's word of choice was "bootlip," which she described as a derogatory term for a Black person, referencing a stereotypical characterization of their face. Travis McMichaels former boss says he fired McMichael for lying about Ahmaud Arberys murderThe remarks shared in court, which had been made privately and publicly, reveal the three men talked about Black people in derogatory terms and used racial slurs in conversations with others -- which could be key evidence as prosecutors try...
    (CNN)Closing arguments are set to begin Monday in the federal hate crimes trial of the three White men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old Black man who was killed while jogging near Brunswick, Georgia, two years ago. After four days of testimony from 21 witnesses -- only one for the defense -- the government and defense teams rested their cases Friday. Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan were accused of chasing down and killing Arbery, and in November, they were convicted in a state court of felony murder and other charges. Travis McMichaels former boss says he fired McMichael for lying about Ahmaud Arberys murderThe jury in the federal trial will decide whether Arbery was killed because of the color of his skin. The three men are each charged with interference with rights -- a hate crime -- and attempted kidnapping. The McMichaels also face charges related to the use of firearms during a violent crime.The prosecution brought forth several witnesses last week who testified the men had used racial slurs in conversation or in...
    (CNN)Witness testimony concluded Friday in the federal hate crimes trial of the three men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery -- Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan -- after Travis McMichael's former boss said he fired McMichael for lying to him about his role in Arbery's death.After four days of testimony from 20 witnesses, the government and defense teams rested their cases. Closing arguments are set to begin on Monday. Joe Mandala, McMichael's former boss at Metson Marine, testified that he first heard about the shooting when McMichael called him on the day it took place. According to Mandala's testimony, McMichael said he had shot and killed somebody. McMichael then asked if Mandala remembered him complaining about break-ins around his neighborhood, Mandala testified. Mandala recalled McMichael was calm and repeatedly said he was attacked, and that the shooting was self-defense. McMichael, 36, his father, Gregory McMichael, 66, and their neighbor Bryan, 52, were convicted in November of felony murder and other charges for Arbery's killing. The three White men were accused of chasing down and killing the 25-year-old Black...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The federal hate crimes trial of the three men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery enters its fourth day Thursday, with the jury returning to court after hearing testimony that two of the defendants frequently used racial slurs. Prosecutors were scheduled to continue calling witnesses Thursday in U.S. District Court in the port city of Brunswick. Arbery, 25, was fatally shot just outside the city limits nearly two years ago. The white men who pursued him are charged with violating his civil rights and targeting him because he was Black. They have all pleaded not guilty. FBI analyst Amy Vaughan testified Wednesday that Travis McMichael, the man who shot Arbery, repeatedly used the N-word and other racist slurs in text messages and social media in the months and years before the killing. They included posts describing violence against Black people. His father, Greg McMichael, posted a Facebook meme stating “Irish slaves” in American were mistreated more than any group in the nation’s history, but investigators were unable to download evidence from his encrypted cellphone. Fellow defendant...
    (CNN)Texts and social media messages from two of the White men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery included racist insults about African Americans, an FBI intelligence analyst testified Wednesday in their federal hate crime trial in Georgia.FBI analyst Amy Vaughn testified about several text messages between Travis McMichael -- who fatally shot Arbery, a Black man, in February 2020 -- and friends using offensive language and racist slurs. The first text message introduced into evidence was between Travis McMichael and a friend, dated March 16, 2019, in which Vaughn said they were discussing Travis' new job and why he liked that he didn't work with Black people."They ruin everything. That's why I love what I do now. Not a n****er in sight," McMichael said in the message, according to Vaughan. Ahmaud Arbery would not have been killed if he were White, prosecutors say in hate crimes trialVaughn also testified messages found in defendant William "Roddie" Bryan's phone showed evidence of racial animus. Read MoreShe found messages using the n-word as well and the word, "bootlip," which she described as "Mr. Bryan's...
    All three of the white men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery two years ago had a history of using racial slurs online and in private conversations, with the man who shot and killed him calling Black people “savages” who “ruin everything,” an FBI agent testified Wednesday. Amy Vaughan walked jurors through an extensive, years-long internet history for Arbery’s killers—Travis McMichael, his father Gregory, and William “Roddie” Bryan—at the federal hate-crimes trial that could add to their already-hefty sentences. The trio appear to have written and spread twisted, racist memes and other posts long before the Feb. 23, 2020, homicide that killed Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, in Satilla Shores, Georgia. Specifically, the intelligence analyst said, data gathered by investigators shows that all three men frequently used the n-word and other derogatory language in text and social-media messages—and routinely associated the Black community with criminality. While the testimony was not the first time prosecutors painted a picture of unrepentant racism by the defendants, it offered disturbing new evidence of just how ugly they could be. “Full moon brings out the worst of...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Prosecution witnesses were to retake the stand Wednesday in the federal hate crimes trial of three white men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery. On the first day of testimony Tuesday, the jury heard from neighbors of the defendants who described how the fatal shooting in February 2020 shocked them. They also watched graphic cellphone video and saw crime scene photos of Arbery’s bloody body before hearing excerpts of interviews the defendants gave to police. Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael armed themselves and used a pickup truck to chase Arbery after spotting him running in their coastal Georgia neighborhood on Feb. 23, 2020. A neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, joined the chase in his own truck and recorded cellphone video of Travis McMichael blasting Arbery with a shotgun. No arrests were made until the video leaked online two months later. Both McMichaels and Bryan were convicted of murder last fall in a Georgia state court and sentenced to life in prison. All three are now standing trial in a separate case in U.S. District Court, where...
    Three Georgia men who shot and killed black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in February 2020 had a long history of making racist remarks and were motivated by a dislike of black people, a jury was told on Tuesday. The three - Gregory McMichael, 66; his son Travis McMichael, 36, and neighbor William 'Roddie' Bryan, 52 - were convicted in November of shooting dead Arbery and have all been sentenced to life in prison, with only Bryan having even the possibility of parole. On Monday, their federal hate crimes trial began, with prosecutors intent on proving that the trio was motivated by race - something notoriously difficult to confirm. Their state trial which found them guilty did not delve into the motivation of the three men, and instead avoided the complex issue of race. With Arbery's parents sitting in the courtroom in Brunswick, Georgia, prosecutors depicted the trio as deeply racist relics of a bygone era. Barbara Bernstein, deputy chief of the Department of Justice's civil rights division, said that if Arbery, an avid runner, had been white, he would have been able to...
    Defendant William "Roddie" Bryan looks on as prosecutors make their final rebuttal in the state trial where he was ultimately convicted of murder. A resident who lives in the same South Georgia community as three white men accused of committing hate crimes against Ahmaud Arbery testified on Tuesday that he saw no one trying to help Arbery after he was shot twice with a shotgun. Daniel Alcott, whose front yard was closest to where Arbery was killed, testified that he heard three loud bangs on Feb. 23, 2020, hurried to get his wife and baby to safety, then returned outside to see police talking to a man he now knows as William "Roddie" Bryan, WSB radio reported.  Bryan recorded Arbery’s death and was convicted of murdering him along with Travis McMichael, the man who fired the gun, and his father, former prosecutorial investigator Gregory McMichael. Alcott testified that he recognized Travis and Greg and noticed after the shooting that Travis was sitting off to the side while Greg was standing next to a white truck. Alcott said no one was tending to Arbery. He “did see a police officer...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Prosecutors were to begin calling witnesses Tuesday in the federal hate crimes trial of three white men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery. On the trial’s first day in the port city of Brunswick on Monday, prosecutors told the jury they have evidence that each of the defendants had a history of making racist comments. To win convictions on the hate crime charges, they must prove to the jury that Arbery was chased and fatally shot because he was Black. In their opening statements, defense attorneys called their clients’ use of racist slurs offensive and indefensible. But they insisted that their deadly pursuit of Arbery was motivated by an earnest, though erroneous, suspicion that the 25-year-old Black man had committed crimes — not by racial hostility. Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael armed themselves and used a pickup truck to chase Arbery after spotting him running in their coastal Georgia neighborhood on Feb. 23, 2020. A neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, joined the chase in his own truck and recorded cellphone video of Travis McMichael blasting Arbery...