Sentencing is set for Aug. 1 for three white guys convicted of federal hate crimes for going after and killing Black man Ahmaud ArberyBy RUSS BYNUM Associated PressApril 19, 2022, 7:35 PM – 3 minutes readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSAVANNAH, Ga.– The white men founded guilty of hate crimes for chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery as he ran in their Georgia neighborhood have actually been arranged for sentencing this summer in federal court.U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood scheduled Aug. 1 sentencing hearings for all 3 guys. Father and child Greg and Travis McMichael and their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, each face an optimum penalty of life in prison in connection with the 2020 death of the 25-year-old Black man.Its possible the sentencing date could alter. Prosecutors asked the judge in a legal filing Tuesday to hold off the hearings until later in August.The McMichaels and Bryan are already serving life sentences in Georgia after being founded guilty of murder in a state court last fall. The trio stood trial a second time in federal court, where they were condemned in February of committing hate crimes after a jury concluded Arberys killing was inspired by race.The McMichaels armed themselves and used a pickup to chase Arbery on Feb. 23, 2020, after finding him running in their community just outside the Georgia port city of Brunswick. Bryan joined the pursuit and taped cellular phone video of Travis McMichael blasting Arbery with a shotgun.The McMichaels told private investigators they presumed Arbery was an intruder and were trying to detain him for police. Travis McMichael said he opened fire in self-defense as Arbery threw punches and grabbed for his shotgun.No arrests were made until more than two months after the killing, when the graphic mobile phone video dripped online and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took control of the case from local authorities. Arberys death became part of a more comprehensive reckoning on racial injustice in the criminal legal system after a string of deadly encounters in between Black individuals and police.While the life sentences bied far in the states murder case made the hate crimes trial that followed mostly symbolic, federal district attorneys used the second trial to expose how all 3 defendants had actually upheld racist views.To back the hate criminal activity charges, district attorneys revealed the jury approximately 2 lots text messages and social networks posts showing Travis McMichael and Bryan repeatedly utilizing racial slurs in text and social networks posts.Defense lawyers competed the McMichaels and Bryan didnt chase and kill Arbery since of his race, but acted upon their earnest, though incorrect, suspicion that Arbery had actually devoted crimes in their area.
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