McMichaels Get 2nd Life Sentences In Arbery Murder
A father and son who are already serving life sentences for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery have been given additional life sentences on federal hate crime charges.
A federal judge on Monday sentenced accused shooter Travis McMichael to life plus 10 years, while his dad, Gregory, was sentenced to life plus seven years. Their neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan, was sentenced to an additional 35 years behind bars, prosecutors say.
Although all three Georgia men were previously sentenced for racial killing of Arbery, the new ruling marks "an important moment for the Civil Rights Section of the Department of Justice and an important moment for the federal judiciary," says Ayesha Bell Hardaway, an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. "It is a rejection of our nation's ugly history when public lynchings were celebrated with family picnics," she adds.