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WATCH: Ahmaud Arbery’s Mother Gives Impassioned Statement; Killers Are Sentenced To Life

WATCH: Ahmaud Arbery’s Mother Gives Impassioned Statement; Killers Are Sentenced To Life

Three men, William “Roddie” Bryan, Travis McMichael, and Greg McMichael, who were convicted in November for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery were sentenced Friday. In advance of the sentencing, Arbery’s mother spoke, sharing a little bit about who her son was as a person, and giving an impassioned plea to the court for a maximum sentence.

BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA – JANUARY 07: Ahmaud Arbery’s mother Wanda Cooper-Jones reacts as Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley sentences Greg McMichael, his son, Travis McMichael, and a neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan in the Glynn County Courthouse, on January 7, 2022 in Brunswick, Georgia. Three white men, Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. were sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25 year-old black man as he ran through their south Georgia neighborhood. Travis and Gregory McMichael were sentenced without the possibility of parole. (Photo by Stephen B. Morton-Pool/Getty Images)

In the video below, Wanda Cooper-Jones, the mother of Ahmaud Arbery, tells of her baby boy, born on Mother’s Day, with “a smile so bright he lit up a room…a loving baby who never seemed to tire of hugs, cuddling, and kisses.” Of the three men convicted in his murder, she speaks of the killers’ bias towards the young man, and their efforts to scare him before the murder.

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“These men have chose to lie and attack my son and his surviving family. They each have no remorse and do not deserve any leniency. This wasn’t a case of mistaken identity or mistaken fact. They chose to target my son because they didn’t want him in their community. They chose to treat him differently than other people who frequently visited their community, and when they couldn’t sufficiently scare him or intimidate him, they killed him.”

According to the , the father and son, Travis and Greg McMichael, who pursued Arbery in a pickup truck and confronted him with a firearm, were both sentenced to life plus 20 years, with no possibility of parole. Their friend and neighbor, William Bryan, who followed in a second vehicle and took cellphone video, is also sentenced to life, but wth the possibility of parole, although Georgia law would not make this an option for thirty years. Bryan is currently 52 years old.

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