Ahmad Arberi’s killers are to be sentenced today on federal hate charges.

Her father, Gregory McMichael, and their neighbor, William “Roddy” Bryan, are scheduled to be sentenced later Monday in the same Georgia court on the same federal charges. All three Already serving Life imprisonment for them Convictions in state court Charges include felony murder in connection with the killing of a 25-year-old black man.
Travis McMichael, Her father and Brian were found guilty of federal charges in February after a jury accepted prosecutors’ contention that the defendants acted racially toward Arberry. Travis McMichael, who shot Arberry, was found guilty of using and carrying a Remington rifle, while her father, Gregory, was found guilty of using and carrying a .357 Magnum revolver.

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.

Arberry’s murder, months earlier The police killed George Floyd In Minneapolis, which were in some ways a precursor to the nationwide protests that erupted that summer, demonstrators denounced how protesters were sometimes treated by law enforcement.

Federal prosecutors focused on how each defendant spoke about black people in public and in private, using inflammatory, derogatory and racist language.

Prosecutors and Arberry’s family said he was out jogging — a common pastime. Former high school football player — on February 23, 2020, when the defendants chased and killed him. Out of Brunswick, Georgia.

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.

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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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