Ahmaud Arbery case: Sentenced to federal hate crime charges

Three people are being sentenced Federal hate crimes indicted in death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery,

Travis McMichael, who fired the fatal shot on February 23, 2020, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday.

His father, Gregory McMichael, and his neighbor, William “Roddy” Bryan, could also face life sentences. He will be sentenced on Monday afternoon.

Photo: From left, Travis McMichael, William "roadie" Brian, and Gregory McMichael during their trial at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga.

From left, Travis McMichael, William “Roddy” Bryan, and Gregory McMichael during their trial at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga. The jury is deliberating on the federal hate crimes trial of three white men in the murder of Ahmed Arbery.

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“I feel every shot every day I wake up,” Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, told reporters outside the courthouse on Monday.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson joined Arbery’s parents at the Brunswick, Georgia, courthouse.

Photo: The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Wanda Cooper Jones, second from left, Ahmaud Arbery's mother, escorts the hearing of the sentencing of 3 white men convicted of federal hate crimes at the courthouse on August 8, 2022 in Brunswick, Ga.  Arbery's murder.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Wanda Cooper Jones, second from left, escorts Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, to federal court, for the sentencing hearing of 3 white men convicted of federal hate crimes on August 8, 2022 in Brunswick, Ga. Arbery’s murder.

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Photo: Marcus Arbery, second from left, Ahmed Arbery's father, arrives at Federal Court in Brunswick, Ga., on August 8, 2022, to hear the sentencing of 3 white men convicted of federal hate crimes in murder.  Arbery.

Marcus Arbery, second from left, Ahmed Arbery’s father, arrives at Federal Court in Brunswick, Ga., on August 8, 2022, to hear the sentencing of 3 white men convicted of federal hate crimes in Arbery’s murder.

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Three white men were convicted by a federal jury in February who decided that they chased and killed Arbery because he was black.

After deliberating for less than four hours, the jury All three men convicted of being motivated by racial hatred Arbery’s civil rights intervention and attempted kidnapping. Travis McMichael, 36, and his father, 64, were also convicted of carrying and brandishing a weapon while committing a crime of violence. Travis McMichael was also found guilty of discharging a firearm in connection with a crime of violence.

The McMichaels followed Arbery in his pickup truck when they saw him jogging in their neighborhood, falsely believing he was responsible for several break-ins in the Satilla Shores neighborhood of coastal Georgia. Bryan joins the chase in his truck, stopping Arbery from escaping, and recording cellphone footage of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery with a shotgun after a brief struggle.

Photo: A painted mural by Ahmaud Arbery on May 17, 2020 in Brunswick, Ga.  has been displayed in.

A painted mural by Ahmaud Arbery is displayed in Brunswick, Ga., May 17, 2020.

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During the trial, prosecutors released text messages and social media posts featuring Travis McMichael and Brian repeatedly used racist slurs, Witnesses also testified that both McMichaels made racist comments.

All three defendants are already serving life sentences for murder after being last found guilty of murder in a Georgia state court.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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