Three times life for men who killed black jogger Ahmaud Arbery

In the U.S. state of Georgia, the three men found guilty of the death of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery were each sentenced to life imprisonment. The three white men were already found guilty of murder in November after a month trial by a jury in Glynn County.

This concerns 65-year-old Gregory McMichael, his 35-year-old son Travis and their neighbor Roddie Bryan (52). In February 2020, the McMichaels saw a black man running through their neighborhood, where mostly white people live. They grabbed their weapons and cut to the chase in a pickup truck.

The neighbor joined them in his own car. He filmed Travis McMichael shooting up close three times at Arbery, who died in the process. The images went across the world and led to many protests.

The McMichaels later stated that they suspected that Arbery was on the run, and that he may have broken in. There was no reason for that, Arbery had gone jogging in his sports clothes, did nothing that was not allowed and had nothing else with him.

‘Racist Homicide ‘

The fact that the three would be given life was already established after their sentencing. The criminal law in Georgia leaves a judge no choice. The judge ruled that father and son are not entitled to early release. So they will stay in jail until their death.

The filming neighbor does have the opportunity to ask for early release after 30 years. The lawyers of the three convicts have already announced that they will appeal.

Arbery‘s relatives called it a racist murder in court. โ€œThey chose him as a target because they didn’t want him around. When they couldn‘t scare him off or intimidate him, they killed him,โ€ said Arbery’s mother.