The three white men convicted of killing unarmed black jogger Ahmaud Arbery will be sentenced next month.
Georgia Judge Timothy Walmsley — who presided over the high-profile November trial of father and son Greg and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan — has scheduled the trio’s sentencing for Jan. 7, according to an order signed Monday.
All three men face a minimum of life in prison, but Walmsley will decide whether they can be considered for parole in 30 years, First Coast News reported.
Travis McMichael, 35, Gregory McMichael, 65, and Bryan, 52, were tried together in the February 2020 slaying of Arbery, who was fatally shot by the younger McMichael in a mostly white neighborhood just outside Brunswick as the trio believed the 25-year-old man was fleeing a burglary.
The McMichaels and Bryan were each charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
Travis McMichael was convicted of all of the nine criminal counts against him, including malice murder. By handing down a guilty verdict on that charge, jurors concluded he intended to kill Arbery with a shotgun.
McMichael’s father, Greg, was convicted of eight counts — with malice murder being the lone exception.
Bryan, who joined the pursuit and filmed video of the fatal shooting, was found guilty of felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
Convictions of malice and felony murder in Georgia can lead to the death penalty, but prosecutors did not seek capital punishment in Arbery’s slaying.
Arbery’s mother had hailed the three convictions handed down late last month by jurors after 10 hours of deliberation.
“I’ve never thought this day would come,” Wanda Cooper-Jones said. “But God is good. Everybody, thank you. … [Ahmaud] will now rest in peace.”
With Post wires