A federal judge rejected the plea of a father and son duo in the hate crimes case of Ahmaud Arbery murder.

According to the details, a federal judge of Georgia rejected a plea agreement that was reached by the prosecutors and the convicted father and son duo in the Ahmaud Arbery murder case. The victim’s family fought back ferociously against the deal which would have allowed the convicted father and son to avoid trial on the basis of hate crimes charges.

Father Greg McMichael and son Travis McMichael had pleaded guilty while admitting that they targeted Ahmaud Arbery on the basis of hate crime and that he was black. They were offered a deal by the prosecutors to serve the initial 30 years of their sentences in federal custody instead of the state prison. State prison endorses harsher conditions for prisoners as compared to federal custody

But on Monday, U.S District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood ruled out the deal stating that she was extremely uncomfortable in accepting the terms and conditions of the plea agreements especially after going through the concerns of the Arbery family.

“In this case, it is appropriate to hear at sentencing from all concerned, including the victim’s family, before deciding on what punishment best promotes all of the factors set forth in our federal sentencing statute,” Wood said.

Lee Merritt, the attorney representing the mother of deceased Ahmaud Arberystated that “the Department of Justice had “betrayed” the Arbery family’s trust by moving forward with the plea agreements.”

“This proposed plea is a huge accommodation to the men who hunted down and murdered Ahmaud Arbery,” the statement says. “The family is devastated at this development, their wishes are being completely ignored and they do not consent to these accommodations.”

Mother Cooper-Jones said “she did not want to see the court “concede to [the McMichaels’] preferred conditions of confinement.”

“It gives them one last chance to spit in my face after murdering my son,” Cooper-Jones said. “It is not fair to take away the victory that I prayed and I fought for. It is not right.”

Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery, told Wood that he agreed with Cooper-Jones, adding, “What they did to our son is too devastating.” After the rejection of the plea agreements, both father and son will be appearing in court this Friday.