The three men convicted of chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery were sentenced Friday in the same Brunswick, Georgia, courtroom where they were convicted on November 24, 2021.
Travis McMichael and his father Greg were both sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. William "Roddy" Bryan, who filmed the shooting, was sentenced to lie with the possibility of parole. Defense lawyers pleaded for life in prison with the possibility of parole for all their clients.
Arbery's mother Wanda Cooper-Jones told the court that she wanted Travis McMichael to never be released from prison. Marcus Arbery told the judge that the men "lynched" his son "in broad daylight." Both asked for the maximum sentence to be imposed.
Atlanta criminal defense attorney Gerald Griggs was in a courtroom overflow area during the sentencing. He tells Audacy Atlanta's Maria Boynton that listening to the victim impact statements from Arbery's parents was "heart-wrenching".
The McMichaels and Bryan also face federal hate crime charges. Jury selection for that trial begins on February 7.