BRUNSWICK, Ga. – 3 white residents of South Georgia who were chasing the 25-year-old black man, Ahmaud Arbery, before shooting him to death, were pleaded guilty to murder charges on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, during a court trial, the white Georgia residents who were chasing the unarmed black man after accusing him of break-ins in the neighborhood residing outside the Brunswick, South Georgia, were found guilty of killing Ahmaud Arbery.
The three white defendants, Gregory McMichael, 65, his son Travis McMichael, 35, and their neighbor, William Bryan, 52 were punished with a life sentence for criminal charges. However, it is yet to decide whether their sentencing will include parole or not.
The court verdict suggested that the black man was unarmed and posed no threat to the white men and they had no legal right to chase him or accuse him of breaking in.
In Feb 2020, when the incident happened, it drew just a little to no attention before the shooting video leaked and stormed social media. His death became another example of racial injustice and how black people are dealt with in their everyday lives.
After hearing Travis McMichael’s guilty statement, Marcus Arbery began shouting, which had him leave the courtroom. While his wife kept waiting for the final verdict. She lowered her head and fist-pumped quietly when the white man was charged guilty of murdering her son.
“He didn’t do nothing but run and dream,” said Marcus Arbery of his son.
He also gave a message of unity in front of the courthouse, saying,
“For real, all lives matter, not just Blacks, we don’t want to see nobody go through this”
“I don’t want no daddy to see their kid get shot down like that” he continued.
Each of them was found guilty of “one count of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment, and one count of criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment” as per the court’s ruling.
After hearing the court verdict, Linda Dunikoski, the prosecutor leading the case, said that the US jury system is now working as it should be in all racial justice cases.
“The verdict today was a verdict based on facts, based on the evidence,” she said. “That was our goal, to bring that to that jury, so they could do the right thing.”