Judge rejects plea deal with man who killed Ahmaud Arbery


A federal judge rejected a plea agreement Monday that would have averted a hate crimes trial for one of the men convicted in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.

U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood ruled against the agreement made with Travis McMichael after hearing an emotional plea from Arbery’s family who was opposed to the plea arrangements with McMichael and his father, Greg McMichael.

In rejecting the deal, Wood explained it would have locked her into specific terms –including 30 years in federal prison – at sentencing. Wood said that in this case, it would only be appropriate to consider the family’s wishes at sentencing, which the proposed deal wouldn’t allow.

The judge gave the McMichaels until Friday to decide whether they move ahead with pleading guilty. Wood had yet to rule on father Greg McMichael’s proposed deal.