(CBS News) — One of three white men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery as he jogged through a Georgia neighborhood in early 2020 was sentenced to life in prison Monday for federal hate crimes. Travis McMichael, the man responsible for fatally shooting Arbery, had already been sentenced to life in prison without parole during a state trial in Georgia.
Months after Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan each receivedfor murder in state court, all three men convicted in Arbery’s murder faced a second round of criminal penalties Monday for committed in the deadly pursuit of the 25-year-old Black man. Greg McMichael and Bryan will be sentenced in that order after Travis McMichael.
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U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood scheduled back-to-back hearings to individually sentence each of the defendants, starting with Travis McMichael, who fired a shotgun at Arbery after the street chase initiated by his father and joined by a neighbor.
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Arbery’s killing on Feb. 23, 2020, became part of a larger national reckoning over racial injustice and killings of unarmed Black people including George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky. Those two cases also resulted in the Justice Department bringing federal charges.
When they return to court Monday in Georgia, McMichael, his father Greg McMichael and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan face possible life sentences after a jury convicted them in February of federal hate crimes, concluding that they violated Arbery’s civil rights and. All three men were also found guilty of attempted kidnapping, and the McMichaels face additional penalties for using firearms to commit a violent crime.
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