Well, this is something that one should have thought about before killing an innocent black man. According to court documents, one of those convicted of the murder of Ahmed Arbery is feared to have died in a state prison.
In November 2021, Travis McMichael, his father Greg and their neighbor, William “Roddy” Bryan were indicted in the February 2020 fatal shooting of Arbery. The McMichaels received a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole. Brian received a life sentence with the prospect of parole. He was also found guilty of federal hate crime charges and will face sentencing for the next week.
Travis McMichael’s attorney, Amy Lee Copeland, filed a memo in federal court on Thursday asking him to remain in physical custody of the federal government because apparently she fears he will be executed once in the Georgia state prison system, CNN reported. .
According to the memo, McMichael has been detained at the Glynn County Detention Center since he was arrested in May 2020, and has since received threats that people are “waiting for him,” that he should not go into the yard . He was also told that corrections officers have promised willingly (whether for pay or for free) to keep certain doors open and to turn the backs on prisoners to allow them to harm them.
“Their concern is that he will be executed immediately upon delivery to the state prison system to serve that sentence: he has received multiple death threats that are credible in light of all the circumstances, and the government has pending investigations from the Georgia DOC. The ability to keep prisoners safe in a system where the murder rate has tripled,” the memorandum continued.
It also claims that McMichael has received hundreds of threats and that “counting on about 800 threats in January 2022 has been dropped.”
Along with concerns for his safety, the memo also cites “the government’s investigation into the violence in Georgia state prisons” as the reason why he must remain in the physical custody of the federal government.
Arbery’s family has objected to the killers spending time in federal rather than state prison.