While reading the first verdict, Marcus Arbery Sr., Arbery’s father, jumped up and cheered, according to a news reporter in the room.
She thanked God and everyone who walked and prayed for her family.
His mother said to a crowd of people who celebrated after hearing the news, “Quiz, whom you know as Ahmed, I know as Quiz. He will rest in peace now.”
“Today’s verdict was a fact-based verdict, based on evidence and that was our goal, to present that to the jury so they can do the right thing,” Prosecutor Linda Denikowski said, adding “the jury system.” working in this country.
Now, questions about the sentencing, appeal process, and additional federal charges of Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William “Rudi” Brian Jr. must be answered.
The trio face the possibility of life in prison
Judge Timothy Walmsley has not yet set a sentencing date for the three convicted men.
His father, Gregory McMichael, was only acquitted of premeditated murder and convicted of the other charges he and his son faced.
Brian was convicted of three murders, one count of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment, and one count of criminal attempted felony. He was acquitted of the felony of premeditated murder, the felony of premeditated murder, and the felony of aggravated assault.
The men now face up to life in prison without the possibility of parole for each count of the murders, 20 years for each of the aggravated assault counts, 10 years for one count of false imprisonment, and 5 years for criminal attempt to commit a felony. Walmsley will decide whether the sentences are to be carried out consecutively or concurrently.
Prosecutors indicated that they will seek life sentences without the possibility of parole.
Defense attorneys plan to appeal
When asked about the venue of the trial, Sheffield said he was sure their decision not to apply for a change of venue would be discussed “like nausea” and could become part of a future appeal, but said they had no further thoughts on the decision.
“I can tell you frankly, these guys are sorry for what happened to Ahmed Arbery,” Sheffield said. “They’re sorry for his passing, and they’re sorry for the tragedy that happened because of the choices they made to get out there and try to stop him.”
Kevin Gough, Brian’s attorney, said he plans to appeal the decision on his client, noting “we believe the appellate courts will overturn this conviction.”
Gough said on November 11 that he had “nothing personally” against the Reverend Al Sharpton, who was present alongside the Arbery family, adding: “We don’t want any more black pastors coming here or other Jesse Jackson, regardless. Who was here earlier this week, I sat down with the victim’s family to try to sway the jury on this case.”
Attorney Donniekowski, told CNN reporter Jim Acosta after the ruling that Goff’s comments about black pastors – although presented without a jury present – were strategic.
“Mr. Gough is a very, very good attorney, and he has done on purpose, on purpose and strategic, I believe, what he did in trying to introduce some potential errors into the case should she lose the case and appear on appeal.”
Federal charges await
Federal prosecutors said the three men “used force and threats of force to intimidate and interfere with Arbery’s right to use a public street because of his race.”
McMichaels and Brian pleaded not guilty to the federal charges.
“We are deeply disappointed that the Department of Justice purchased the false narrative that was disseminated by the media and prosecutors,” Sheffield and Rubin, on behalf of Travis McMichael, said after the federal indictment.
Arbery’s attorney, Sr. At the time: “This is a significant milestone in America’s arduous march toward racial justice, and we commend the Department of Justice for handling this heinous act for what it is – purely evil, racially motivated hate crime.”
A federal trial is scheduled for February. Since they were held on state charges, there hasn’t been a federal bond hearing yet.
If convicted on federal charges, they could face an additional sentence of up to life in prison.
CNN’s Chris Boyett, Amir Vera, Angela Barajas, and Madeline Holcomb contributed to this report.