Three found guilty of killing Ahmaud Arbery
BRUNSWICK – All three men who were found guilty today in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery face the possibility of life in prison when they are sentenced.
Travis McMichael, who shot and killed Arbery, was convicted on all nine counts. Five of the counts – malice murder and four counts of felony murder – carry a possible life sentence.
His father, Gregory McMichael, was found guilty of all but the first count – malice murder. He faces possible life in prison for the four counts of felony murder that he was convicted on.
The third defendant, William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., was convicted on six of the nine charges. He was found not guilty of malice murder, not guilty on one of the felony murder counts and not guilty of aggravated assault with a firearm. But Bryan could still get sentenced to life in prison since he was convicted on three of the felony murders counts.
The judge did not schedule sentencing today but he said he plans to set a date in the coming weeks.
Wanda Cooper-Jones, mother of Ahmaud Arbery, spoke outside the courthouse after the verdicts were read.
“I just want to say thank you, guys. Thank you. Thank each and every one of you who fought this fight with us. It’s been a long fight. It’s been a hard fight. But God is good,” she said.
Cooper-Jones said, “to tell you the truth, I never thought this day back in 2020.”
“I never thought this day would come. But God is good,” she added.
She concluded by saying that her son can now “rest is peace.”
“You know him as Ahmaud, I know him as ‘Quez,’ he will now rest in peace,” she said. (CNN)