A Georgia man and his father convicted of federal hate crimes for the murder of a black man who was shot while jogging were sentenced to prison Monday.
Travis McMichael, 36, and his father, Gregory McMichael, 66, are already serving life sentences after being found guilty at a state trial for the 2020 murder of Ahmaud Arbery.
U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbe Wood sentenced both men to life sentences on separate charges of a hate crime and denied their request that they be allowed to serve their sentences in a federal prison rather than a state facility.
The McMichaels, who is white, followed Arbery in a pickup truck on February 23, 2020, as he was passing his neighborhood near downtown Brunswick, Georgia.
Travis McMichael confronted Arbery, 25, as he passed by their truck and shot and killed him.
The racially charged case sparked nationwide protests over police killings of African Americans, initially triggered by the May 2020 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
A third person involved in the chase, William Bryan, who had a less direct role in the murder and cooperated with investigators, was given life with the possibility of parole on state charges.
He received a 35-year prison sentence on federal charges.
During a federal hate crimes trial, prosecutors used the three men’s alleged history of vulgar racial slurs and racism.
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