November 26, 2022

Judge Timothy Walmsley paid a minute’s silent tribute before sentencing Ahmed Arbery’s killers.

“That one minute represents a fraction of the time that Ahmed Arbury was running at the Chattila Shore,” Walmsley said before leaving quietly.

Arbery’s pursuit lasted about five minutes, and as the judge continued his speech, father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddy” Brian Jr. chased the 25-year-old black man out of Brunswick. , Georgia.

The men believed Arbery had committed a crime in their neighborhood, they told police. McMichales chased after the weapon, then Brian joined the chase, recording it from his pickup. Brian’s video shows Travis McMichael getting out of his truck and confronting Arbery, while McMichael fights Travis with a gun before shooting him.

“I want to put that period in context, the only way I can think of doing that – it may be a little dramatic, but I think it’s appropriate,” Wallsley told the court. “I want us all to get an idea of ​​the time. So what am I going to do, I’m going to sit quietly for a minute.”

Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, bowed her head during the silence, a pool reporter in the courtroom said. The reporter said that the silence was disturbed by the typing noise of the journalists.

“When I thought about it, I thought from many angles,” Walmsley said.

Walmsley sentenced Travis McMichael and Gregory McMichael to life without parole. Brian was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Brian will be eligible for parole under Georgia law only after serving 30 years in prison after being convicted of serious violent crimes.

Wallsley drew attention to other comments made earlier in the trial, probably most Especially at the end of the arbitration selection process. At the time, Walmsley said there was “deliberate discrimination” when there was only one black member on the 12-member select committee.

The two-and-a-half-week selection process ended in mid-November, with prosecutors accusing qualified black jurors of proportionate strikes and some of their strikes being racially motivated.

“Judges were dismissed on the grounds that ‘this case appears to be deliberately discriminatory,’ he concluded, adding that the case could be prosecuted” because defense can provide the right reasons, regardless of race. “

Elliott C. of CNN. McLaughlin contributed to this report.