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Crime United States: Three whites sentenced to life prison for the murder of a black jogger

00:45  08 january  2022
00:45  08 january  2022 Source:   france24.com

USA-three men sentenced to life prison for the murder of a black jogger

 USA-three men sentenced to life prison for the murder of a black jogger USA-Justice / Arbery (photo, TV): USA-three men sentenced to life prison for the murder of a black jogger by Jonathan Allen New York, January 7 (Reuters) - Three white men were sentenced on Friday to the perpetuity imprisonment for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year African-American chased and killed in February 2020 in Georgia, In the southern United States, while it was jogging.

Des participants à une veillée à Atlanta, en Géorgie, après que trois hommes blancs ont été reconnus coupables du meurtre de l'Afro-Américain Ahmaud Arbery. © Megan Varner, AFP Participants at a vigil in Atlanta, Georgia, after three white men have been convicted of the Murder of African American Ahmaud Arbery.

In the state of Georgia, still deeply marked by racism and segregation, three white Americans, convicted of pursuing and shot Ahmaud Arbery, have ecoped, Friday, from the prison for life without the possibility of early freedom.

The sentence fell for the three white American Americans accused of the murder of a young black jogger . The three men were sentenced, Friday, January 7, to the prison for life for pursuing and shot down the Fugitive Ahmaud Arbery, which they suspected of being a burglar, in February 2020, Georgia, in the southern United States. .

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Travis McMichael, 35 years old and author of the mortal shots, and his father Gregory McMichael, 66, were sentenced to perpetuity without possibility of early release.

their neighbor William Bryan, 52 years old and who participated in the prosecution by filming it, was sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of applying for early release after 30 years of imprisonment.

"Maximum punishment"

The three men had been convicted of murder on November 24, after debates marked by the issue of racism and the right to self-defense.

In front of the judge, Ahmaud Arbery's family had claimed a "maximum punishment" Friday morning.

They "took my son for target because they did not want him in their neighborhood," said Ahmaud Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones.

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The lawyers of the three men pleaded one last time an unintentional act that did not deserve the imprisonment until death.

On February 23, 2020, the 25-year-old Jogging in Brunswick when he had been fucked by the three men aboard their cars.

After an altercation, Travis McMichael had opened fire and killed the jogger trying to seize his rifle. He claimed to have acted in a state of self-defense.

The accused had assured that he took Ahmaud Arbery for a burglar, after seeing him a few days before entering a house under construction. They had also invoked an old law that allows simple citizens to stop a suspect in Georgia.

Antiracist manifestations

In this state still deeply marked by racism and segregation, the three men had benefited from the clemency of the local prosecutor, for whom Gregory McMichael had long worked, who had left them at liberty.

It had taken the broadcast, in May, of the video filming the death of the young African American for the investigation to be entrusted to the police police and that the three men be arrested.

The name of Ahmaud Arbery had been chanted in the great anti-cell protests that had shaken the country in the summer of 2020, after George Floyd's death, an African-American killed by a white policeman.

with AFP

Three men convicted in Ahmaud Arbery's murder to be sentenced .
Travis and Gregory McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan were convicted in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. A Georgia jury in November, after deliberating for about 11 hours, convicted the three white men of chasing and fatally shooting Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was out on a Sunday jog in February 2020.

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