ATLANTA — A federal choose on Monday issued one other life sentence to Travis McMichael, one in every of three white Georgia males convicted of committing a federal hate crime for the pursuit and slaying of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black man, in February 2020.
In an equally dramatic transfer, U.S. District Court docket Choose Lisa Godbey Wooden additionally rejected a request by Mr. McMichael — who was already sentenced to life for his state homicide conviction — that he be allowed to serve the primary few years of the concurrent sentences in federal jail. His lawyer has mentioned that Mr. McMichael has obtained a whole lot of dying threats, and argued in court docket that her shopper can be safer within the federal system and fewer prone to be topic to “vigilante justice.”
The sentencing listening to for Mr. McMichael, 36, in a Brunswick, Ga., courtroom, is the primary of three hearings set for Monday for the lads, whose actions, caught on video, horrified the nation and the world. Prosecutors contended that the killing of Mr. Arbery was the lads’s personal model of vigilante justice, motivated by racism. The second man — Mr. McMichael’s father, Greg McMichael, 66 — is ready to be sentenced at 1 p.m. Jap time, and the third man who chased Mr. Arbery, William Bryan, has a listening to at 3 p.m.