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Ahmaud Arbery’s killers sentenced to life in prison. Here’s what happened

Ahmaud Arbery’s killers learned their sentence Friday

William “Roddie” Bryan stands with his attorney, Kevin Gough.
William “Roddie” Bryan, center, stands with his attorney, Kevin Gough, left, while Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley reads his sentence in the Glynn County Courthouse on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, in Brunswick, Ga.
Stephen B. Morton, Associated Press

The three white men convicted of killing young Black man Ahmaud Arbery about two years ago have been sentenced to life in prison.

  • Travis McMichael, his father, Greg McMichael, and their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, will all face at least life in prison for killing Arbery, according to The Washington Post.

The three suspects in Arbery’s death were found guilty of murder in November, as I reported for the Deseret News.

  • Arbery’s death sparked a number of protests and civil unrest after a video of his death became public. He had been jogging through Brunswick, Georgia, when the three men approached him.
  • Travis McMichael fatally shot Arbery.

Prosecutors argued that the McMichaels should not have the possibility for parole. The judge agreed, according to The Atlanta Journal-Consitution.

  • Bryan, who filmed the video, was given the possibility of parole.

Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, spoke in court Friday during the sentencing, according to The Washington Post.

  • “Ahmaud never said a word to them,” she said. “He never threatened them. He just wanted to be left alone. They were fully committed to the crimes — let them be fully committed for the consequences.”