Travis McMichael, 36, and his father Gregory McMichael, 66, had previously been sentenced to life without the possibility of early release by the justice of the state of Georgia, where the crime was committed.
The federal judge presiding over this second trial sentenced the two men to life for
racist crime and denied their request to be transferred to a federal prison for the remainder of their sentence.
On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was jogging in Brunswick, a coastal town in Georgia, when he was chased by the two men accompanied by a neighbor, armed and aboard two pickup trucks. After a few minutes of chase, Travis McMichael had shot the young African-American.
Ahmaud Arbery then became an emblem of the movement Black Lives Matter during the major anti-racist demonstrations of 2020.
Awaiting sentencing for third accused
The third defendant, William Bryan, who participated in the prosecution of Ahmaud Arbery by filming it, had been sentenced at the first trial to life with the possibility of early release after 30 years in prison. His sentence at the federal trial has not yet been pronounced.
This second trial, unlike the first, placed the racist dimension of the murder at the heart of the debates.
The prosecution had notably listed the particularly violent racist insults uttered by the three men in the past, with the aim of accounting for the state of mind of the defendants when they embarked on the pursuit of Ahmaud Arbery.