The judge, who convicted the three men of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, had the courtroom sit in silence for a minute before reading their verdict.
Judge Timothy Walmsley told the courtroom on Friday that he wanted to put “in context” how long they were chasing Arbery.
All three were sentenced to life in prison, and only one of them was given the option of parole.
The judge, who convicted the three men of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, made the courtroom sit in silence for a minute before reading their verdict to put ‘into context’ how long they were chasing Arbery.
Judge Timothy Walmsley told in the courtroom Friday that he should “sit still for a minute, and that one minute represents a fraction of the time Ahmaud Arbery ran” away.
He said the three men convicted of his death – Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William Bryan – chased Arbery for five minutes in total.
McMichaels and Bryan followed Arbery in a pickup in February 2020 while jogging and shooting him deadly. After a confrontation, Travis McMichael used his shotgun to shoot and kill Arbery.
The men had claimed that Arbery was responsible for robbery in their area and claimed self-defense in the killing.
All three were found guilty of Arbery’s murder in November.
Walmsley sentenced McMichaels to life in prison without parole on Friday. Bryan – who did not fire the fatal shot but chased Arbery and filmed the shooting – was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole, Insider reported.
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