The white man who chased down and fatally shot 25-year-old black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in a Georgia suburb was sentenced to life in prison Monday for committing a federal hate crime.
Travis McMichael’s federal life sentence comes on top of another life sentence handed down by a Georgia state court earlier this year.
McMichael is one of three defendants convicted in Arbery’s killing. Sentences for McMichael’s father, Greg McMichael, and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan are expected later Monday.
The three men were convicted on federal hate crime charges in February.
The McMichaels grabbed guns and hopped into their pickup truck to chase Arbery after he ran past their house in Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23, 2020.
Bryan joined the chase in his own truck, and filmed the subsequent encounter with Arbery on his cell phone — including when the younger McMichael fired a shotgun at the jogger at close range.
Attorneys for the McMichaels argued that the men were attempting to affect a citizens’ arrest, believing Arbery to be responsible for alleged burglaries from a nearby construction site.
Arbery was unarmed. He was black and the three defendants are white. Arbery’s father called the killing a modern-day lynching.
US District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood said Monday that McMichaels had been given a “fair trial,” in contrast to his victim.
“It’s not lost on the court that it was the kind of trial that Ahmaud Arbery did not receive before he was shot and killed,” she said.
All three defendants were sentenced to life in prison by a Georgia court earlier this year, with only Bryan being given the possibility of parole.
With Post wires