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Ahmaud Arbery killers get life in prison

International Desk | banglanews24.com
Update: 2022-01-08 12:44:52
Ahmaud Arbery killers get life in prison [photo collected]

A white father and son convicted of killing a black jogger have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A jury found Travis and Gregory McMichael and their neighbour, William Bryan, guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery in February 2020.

Bryan also received the maximum penalty of life, but was offered the possibility of parole in 30 years.

The judge said the McMichaels had not shown remorse or empathy for Arbery.

Judge Timothy Walmsley said he gave them severe sentences in part because of their "callous" words and actions captured on video.

Ahead of his verdict, the Arbery family called for the harshest possible punishments for the three men as a means of bringing "closure to a difficult chapter" in their lives.

The case has raised questions about racial justice in the US South.

Ahmaud Arbery went jogging. Why did he die?
Arbery, 25, a resident of Brunswick, Georgia, was out jogging in an adjacent, predominantly white neighbourhood when the trio chased and cornered him in pick-up trucks before the younger McMichael shot him during a struggle.

The defendants argued they acted in self-defence while attempting to make a citizen's arrest of a suspected burglar, but prosecutors argued race was a factor.

Gregory McMichael, 66, his son Travis, 35, and Bryan, 52, were found guilty in November of murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal intent to commit a felony.

Source; BBC

BDST: 1244 HRS, JAN 08, 2022
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