Shortly after the verdict was read in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, media networks switched to another high-profile trial involving the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was essentially chased through a neighborhood and eventually gunned down by three men, including a father and son.
All three men were found guilty of murder by a jury of their peers, and according to Breitbart, they entered the sentencing phase on Friday. A judge, clearly looking to make an example of the men, hit the father and son with the maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.
The third man involved in the fatal pursuit received a life sentence with the possibility of parole.
The three men were identified as Greg McMichael, Travis McMichael, and their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan.
Arbery’s last moments
Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley summarized the day Arbery was chased down, cornered, and killed by the three men, expressing empathy for what Arbery’s last moments must have been like as he scrambled to try and defend himself.
“When I thought about this, I thought from a lot of different angles. I kept coming back to the terror that must have been in the mind of the young man running through Satilla Shores,” the judge said.
The judge added: “Ahmaud Arbery was then hunted down and shot, and he was killed because individuals here in this courtroom took the law into their own hands.”
The judge referenced the primary argument of the prosecution in the case, who painted a picture for the jury of three white vigilante types who were acting on loose information that Arbery could have been involved in a local theft.
The prosecutors argued that even if Arbery was involved in the theft at a local construction site, justice should have come through calling the police, and not hunting the man down and ultimately murdering him.
The family responds
Naturally, Arbery’s family was thrilled with the maximum sentence verdict, adding that nothing less would have been suffice for what happened to Arbery on that day.
“This wasn’t a case of mistaken identity or mistaken fact. They chose to target my son because they didn’t want him in their community. They chose to treat him differently than other people who frequently visited their community,” his mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones said.
She added: “And when they couldn’t sufficiently scare or intimidate him, they killed him.”