U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood ruled Monday that Travis McMichael’s life sentence on the attempted kidnapping charge and 20 years, to be served concurrently with his state sentence, will run concurrently with an additional 10 years on the weapons charge. A judge ruled that Travis McMichael did not have the funds to pay the fine.
Federal prosecutors focused on how each defendant spoke about black people in public and in private, using inflammatory, derogatory and racist language.
Defense attorneys argued that McMichaels followed Arbury through neighborhood streets in a pickup truck and stopped him for police, believing he matched the description of someone captured on footage recorded at a home under construction. Prosecutors acknowledged Arberry had broken into the home in the past, but he never took anything.
Travis McMichael shot Arberry in self-defense, and they wrestled with McMichael’s gun. Brian followed in his own truck, seeing the McMichaels following Arbury as he drove away; Brian recorded the shooting on video.
Two prosecutors initially advised Glynn County police not to make arrests, and no arrests were made for more than two months — and only after video of Brian’s killing emerged, sparking nationwide protests.
CNN’s Jason Hanna and Travis Caldwell contributed to this report.
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