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Ahmaud Arbery hate crime case: Father, son sentenced to life; neighbor gets 35 years

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The father and son convicted of federal hate crimes in the death of Ahmaud Arbery were sentenced Monday to life in prison.

Gregory McMichael, 66, chased 25-year-old Arbery on Feb. 23, 2020, with his son, Travis McMichael, 36, who fired the fatal shot.

The McMichaels’ neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, joined the chase and recorded video. He was also convicted of federal hate crimes and was sentenced Monday to 35 years.

“I feel every shot every day that I wake up,” Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, told reporters outside the Brunswick, Georgia, courthouse Monday. The Rev. Jesse Jackson joined Arbery’s parents at the sentencing.

All three men are already serving life in prison for Arbery’s killing after being found guilty of murder in a Georgia state court last fall. The McMichaels were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole while Bryan was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole.

The three white men were convicted in the federal case in February by a jury that decided they followed and killed Arbery because he was Black.

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