Defense attorney for man convicted of murder in Ahmaud Arbery’s death plans to appeal guilty verdict

Left to Right: Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, William “Rudy” Bryan (pool)

The three men convicted of killing Ahmoud Arbery face the possibility of life in prison when they are sentenced.

Travis McMichael, who shot and killed Arbery, was convicted on all nine counts. Five of the charges – premeditated murder and four counts of murder – carry a possible life sentence.

His father, Gregory McMichael, was found guilty of all but one count – premeditated murder. He faces the possibility of life imprisonment for the four counts of felony murder for which he was convicted.

The third defendant, William “Rudy” Brian Jr., was convicted on six of the nine counts. He was convicted of premeditated murder, acquitted of one count of premeditated murder and not guilty of aggravated assault with a firearm. But Brian could still be sentenced to life in prison since his conviction for three murders.

The judge did not specify a date for today’s ruling, but said he plans to set an appointment in the coming weeks.

Here is a breakdown of each of the charges the defendants were charged with in the case, along with the maximum penalties:

count 1: Murder

  • Maximum penalty: Life without the possibility of parole

count 2: Intentional murder (felony offense: aggravated assault with a firearm)

count 3: premeditated murder (felony offense: aggravated assault with pickup trucks)

count 4: premeditated murder (felony offense: false imprisonment)

count 5: murder (felony: criminal attempt to commit a felony)

  • Maximum penalty for any of the four counts: Life without the possibility of parole

count 6: Aggravated assault (with firearms)

count 7: Aggravated assault (with pickup trucks)

  • Maximum penalty: 20 years

count 8: Jail unjustly

  • Maximum penalty: 10 years

Count 9:criminal attempt to commit a felony

  • Maximum penalty:five years


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