The three men 有罪判決を受けた for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black jogger they believed to be a burglar running on a suburban Georgia street, have been sentenced to life in prison. Two of the men have no possibility of parole, while the third can be paroled in the future.
グレッグマクマイケル, 67; 彼の息子トラビスマクマイケル, 35; と隣人ウィリアム “ロディ” ブライアン, 52, were all sentenced on Friday morning in a court in Brunswick, Ga. While their attorneys tried to argue extenuating circumstances, Judge Timothy R. Walmsley denied their motions.
Walmsley sentenced both Greg and Travis McMichael to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus an extra 20 年. The judge then sentenced Bryan to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
アーバリー, 25, was killed on Feb. 23, 2020, された後 chased down the street on which he was jogging in Brunswick. Prosecutors alleged the three white suspects chased and confronted Arbery with two firearms after they saw him running, and that Travis McMichael fatally shot Arbery during a struggle over Travis’ ショットガン.
弁護側によると, 3人の男性は、アーベリーが近所の住宅建設現場に侵入したと伝えられている誰かの説明と一致すると信じていました., and they were attempting a citizen’s arrest when Travis, 彼の父を伴って, ブライアンはアーベリーを追いかけ、その後、乱闘が勃発する前に、それぞれのフォードF-150とシボレーシルバラードのピックアップで彼を囲い込みました。.
それぞれが9つの刑事告発に直面した, によると 起訴. トラビス・マクマイケル, 引き金を引いてアーベリーを3回撃った人, それらすべてで有罪判決を受けました: one count of malice murder, which alleges intent to kill; four counts of felony murder, which alleges an action that causes a death; two counts of aggravated assault; one count of false imprisonment; and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony.
彼の父, グレッグマクマイケル, 悪意のある殺人罪のみがクリアされた, and found guilty of the rest. Bryan was cleared of malice murder and one felony murder charge, だけでなく、悪化した暴行罪の1つ. しかし 12 jurors found him liable for all the other charges.
Lead prosecutor Linda Dunikoski, 彼女の中 closing argument during trial, 言った, “All three of these defendants made assumptions about what was going on that day. And they made their decision to attack Ahmaud Arbery in their driveways, because he was a Black man running down the street,” による タイムズ.
But Jason Sheffield, a defense attorney for Travis, said his client believed at the time of the shooting that Arbery had committed burglary and Travis had “the right to perform a citizen’s arrest,” によると CNN.
“You do have the right to have a firearm when you make an arrest,” Sheffield said. “You do have the right to stop a person and hold them and detain them. There is risk with that. There are tragic consequences that can come from that.”
Video footage of the incident filmed by Bryan captured the shooting, and sparked nationwide outrage and renewed interest in the case when it was made public more than two months after a local prosecutor initially declined to bring charges.
The three men now convicted of Arbery’s death also still face 連邦ヘイトクライム容疑 in the case — specifically, 権利への干渉をそれぞれ1カウント、誘拐未遂をそれぞれ1カウント, アメリカ. 弁護士事務所が発表 ニュースリリースで. 州検察官のように, 連邦検察官は、ブライアンがマクマイケルズに加わってアーベリーを追いかけ、トラックを使ってアーベリーの進路を遮断したと主張している.
In court on Friday, Arbery’s parents both gave victims impact statements.
“The man who killed my son has sat in this courtroom every day and sat next to his father,” Marcus Arbery said. “I’ll never get the chance to sit next to my son again. His killers should spend the rest of their lives thinking about what they did…and they should do it from behind bars.”
He had a smile so bright, he lit up a room,” said Wanda Cooper-Jones, Arbery’s mother. “Ahmaud never said a word to them, he never threatened them, he just wanted to be left alone. They were fully committed to their crimes. Let them be fully committed for the consequences.”
Cooper-Jones then addressed her slain son. “I made a promise to you the day I laid you to rest, that some day, somehow I would get you justice. This wasn’t a case of mistaken identity or mistaken fact. They chose to target my son because they didn’t want him in their community.”
After nearly four hours of testimony, Judge Walmsley said that Arbery “went for a run, and ended up running for his life…he was killed because individuals in this courtroom took the law into their own hands.”
“We are all accountable for our own actions,” Walmsley said before handing down the verdict.