Ahmaud Arbery Sentencing – It was today in the Georgian court of Brunswick that the sentencing took place for the murder of Black man Ahmaud Arbery by three white men: Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William Bryan.
On November 24 2021, the three white men were found guilty of several charges including manslaughter and false imprisonment.
During the sentencing which was broadcast live, the defense argued that both William Bryan and Gregory McMichael showed remorse.
The prosecution lead by Linda Dunikoski, did a very good job at countering the above mentioned argument, especially for Gregory McMichael a former officer of the law. Simply put, the state argued that, as a former officer, Gregory McMichael should have known better than grabbing his son and guns and going after Arbery.
“He left his home to go for a run and ended up running for his life,” the judge said.
His former training should have allowed him to see the “foreseeable result”, which is Ahmaud Arbery’s Murder.
As regards to William Bryan, judge Timothy Walmsley did take into condiderstion his remorse. Bryan’s actions and behavior seen on one of the officer’s bodycam, his cooperation throughout the investigation and his apology to the family although it was not accepting helped him get a “lighter” sentence.
Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William Bryan were sentenced as follows :
- Travis McMichael : Life without the possibility of parole + 20 years
- Gregory McMichael : Life without the possibility of parole + 20 years
- William “Rodney” Bryan : Life with the possibility of parole
William Bryan did get a total of fifteen years for counts five and eight but the judge said that these “sentences are suspended”.
Before reading the sentences, Judge Timothy Walmsley pointed out that, Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William Bryan chased Ahmaud Arbery five minutes. The “intervening interval” argument was a key point spoken by the Dunikoski. The judge sat in silence for one minute, in order to truly show the court how long Arbery was being chased but more importantly that emotions he must have felt for five long minutes.
The sentences are in line with the request from prosecutor Linda Dunikoski, who recommended that Bryan get a chance at parole and that the McMichaels be denied that possibility. Dunikoski said the father and son showed no remorse or empathy for “the trapped and terrified Ahmaud Arbery.”