Three white men who hunted down and killed Ahmaud Arbery were sentenced to life in prison on Friday, with a judge denying parole to the father and son who armed themselves and launched the murderous pursuit of the black man of 25. year.
Murder carries a mandatory life sentence under Georgian law, unless prosecutors seek the death penalty, which they opted for Arbery’s murder against. For Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley, the key decision was to grant Greg and Travis McMichael and their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, a possible chance for parole.
The judge ordered the two McMichaels to serve a life sentence without parole. Bryan was given a chance at parole, but must first serve at least 30 years in prison.
Arbery’s family asked the judge to show no mercy on Friday in sentencing the three men.
The McMichaels seized guns and pursued Arbery in a van after spotting him running around their neighborhood outside the port city of Brunswick, Georgia on February 23, 2020. Bryan joined the chase and recorded a cellphone video of Travis McMichael blowing up Arbery with a shotgun.