SAVANNAH, Ga. – The three white men involved in killing a black, named Ahmaud Arbery will face life sentences by a judge on Friday.
The decision will be announced roughly six weeks after the white killers were convicted of the crime. As per the law, the defendants will be punished with life sentencing for killing the black man with a gunshot, after chasing him in a pickup truck.
The guilty verdicts handed down by the Glynn County courthouse before Thanksgiving sparked a celebration outside the court in honor of the dead by those who consider Ahmaud Arbery’s death a massive national reckoning on ethnic/racial injustice.
The final testimony in the court on Friday will be sorrowful as the deceased’s family members are expected to bear their loss and grief to the court’s Judge before he officially announced punishments to the defendants, Travis McMichael, Greg, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan.
Under Georgia’s state law, defendants of a murder case carry an obligatory life sentence unless prosecutors call for the death penalty. For Timothy Walmsley, the Superior Court Judge, the final call will be whether to allow the murderers the last chance to earn parole.
Either way, the defendant must bear severe punishment. Even if the court’s judge grants parole, Bryan and McMichaels will still have to spend 30 years of sentencing in jail.
For the 35-year-old Travis McMichael, “that could make a significant difference,” said the Atlanta criminal defense attorney, Page Pate, who is not dealing with the case. “For the two older guys, it’s effectively a full life sentence.”
Bryan recently turned 52 and Greg McMichael 66.
The murders who will be serving life sentencing were also convicted of false imprisonment, aggravated assault, and an attempt to commit fake imprisonment. According to the law, the maximum sentencing ranges from 5 to 20 years in such cases. Moreover, the defendants are likely to be hit with other penalties to be served with the life sentencing.
“BREAKING: All three men found guilty of murder in trial over death of Ahmaud Arbery, ABC News”, ABC News Tweeted.A per the NPR report, the prosecutors, were confident enough to seek life imprisonment against the murderers when they were convicted of the crime.
“The 3 white men who killed Ahmaud Arbery while he was jogging through a Georgia neighborhood last year were found guilty of murder. Prosecutors say they intend to seek life in prison without parole for the 3 defendants. All 3 men face a federal hate crimes trial next year.” NPR Tweeted.