The three men convicted of murder in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in 2020 have also been found guilty of federal hate crimes this week by a jury in Brunswick, Georgia.
Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan were all found guilty on all counts in a federal hate crime trial that took place this week following guilty verdicts in their recent murder trial. The three men were charged with kidnapping and violating Arbery’s civil rights, and for the McMichaels, additional charges of using a firearm to commit a crime.
The federal charges require a maximum life sentence for each of the three defendants. The men were already sentenced to life in prison in their state trial last year. The verdict, reached after hours of deliberation by the jury, came on the two year anniversary of Arbery’s death. His family emerged from the courthouse visibly emotional.
“As a mother, I will never heal,” said Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones. “They gave us a small sense of victory, but we will never get victory because Ahmaud is dead.” She continued, “I think the DOJ [Department of Justice] presented its case well. I’m very emotional. This has been very draining, and I’m thankful this is almost over.”
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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