Ahmaud Arbery’s life MATTERED.
The three white men convicted of murdering Arbery, a Black man, in Georgia in 2020 were sentenced today (January 7) to life in prison.
NBC reports, Travis McMichael, who shot Arbery, and his father, Gregory McMichael, do not carry the possibility of parole. Their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan will be eligible. The father and son have an additional 26 year-sentence on top of life.
On February 23, 2020, The McMichaels, and Bryan Jr. chased Arbery as he went for a jog in Glynn County, Georgia. At the time, the three white men suspected Arbery of robbing a house under construction in the neighborhood. They claim they saw him allegedly burglarize the property via a security camera.
The three white men decided to take matters into their hands and attempt to make a citizen’s arrest. When they caught up to Arbery in a truck, they cornered him, and Travis McMichael shot and killed Arbery in cold blood. Travis McMichael also allegedly mumbled a racial epithet as he stood over Arbery’s body. It took law enforcement 74 days to arrest/charge the three white men because cell phone footage of the incident wasn’t made public until after the tragedy.