Ahmaud Arbery case Travis Greg McMichael life sentence likely

It has to do with how Georgia structures its sentencing guidelines.

GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. – A jury convicted three men the February 2020 assassination of Ahmaud Arbery on Wednesday, which brought to a conclusion the most socially and politically consistent trial in Georgia in recent times.

Travis McMichael, who shot Ahmaud Arbery, was convicted of all charges. His father Greg McMichael was not found guilty of malicious murder, but guilty of four counts of aggravated murder and four additional crimes.

William “Roddie” Bryan was found not guilty of malicious murder, one felony murder and one felony aggravated assault and convicted of three felony murders and three additional crimes.

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Each man had faced the same nine charges.

Although one sentencing will not take place for another few weeks, Judge Timothy Walmsley said Wednesday, because of the nature of their beliefs, every man will get life sentences.

Georgia’s malicious laws and murder crimes

Georgia the law contains a minimum penalty into its laws of evil and murderous crimes, and the law is aware of how long it must last.

OCGA § 16-5-1 sets out three options: “A person convicted of the murder offense shall be punished with death, with life imprisonment without probation or with life imprisonment.”

In this case, prosecutors did not seek the death penalty against McMichaels or Bryan. It allows them to now be sentenced to either life imprisonment with probation or life imprisonment without probation.

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Whether or not the possibility of parole is incorporated into the sentence will be up to Judge Walmsley.

He said Wednesday that he would “give everyone an opportunity to put together the evidence that may be shown in aggravation by the state or conciliation from the defense” before sentencing.

The judge said that because lawyers in a sentencing hearing can present additional evidence and summon other witnesses (usually grade witnesses) to argue why a person should spend more or less time in jail.

How he makes further evidence and testimony will determine the probation situation for each of the men convicted of murder.

Here are the full charges and convictions for each man:

Travis McMichael

  • Evil murder – guilty
  • Criminal murder
    • Point 1 – guilty
    • Point 2 – guilty
    • Point 3 – guilty
    • Point 4 – guilty
  • Gross assault
    • Point 1 – guilty
    • Point 2 – guilty
  • False prison for committing false imprisonment – Guilty
  • Criminal attempt to commit a crime – guilty

Greg McMichael

  • Evil murder – Not guilty
  • Criminal murder
    • Point 1 – guilty
    • Point 2 – guilty
    • Point 3 – guilty
    • Point 4 – guilty
  • Gross assault
    • Point 1 – guilty
    • Point 2 – guilty
  • False prison for committing false imprisonment – Guilty
  • Criminal attempt to commit a crime – guilty

William Bryan

  • Evil murder – Not guilty
  • Criminal murder
    • Point 1 – Not guilty
    • Point 2 – guilty
    • Point 3 – guilty
    • Point 4 – guilty
  • Gross assault
    • Point 1 – Not guilty
    • Point 2 – guilty
  • False imprisonment for committing false imprisonment – Guilty
  • Criminal attempt to commit a crime – guilty

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