Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers Sentenced To Life In Prison, Grandmaster Jay Comments

Ahmaud Arbery

Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan were sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

Three men have been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

Judge Timothy Walmsley sentenced Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Friday (January 7).

William “Roddie” Bryan was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. He will be eligible for parole after 30 years behind bars.

Before issuing the sentences, Judge Walmsley made the court sit in silence for one minute. He noted it was just a fraction of the time that Ahmaud Arbery was running for his life.

“In this case, I think many people are seeking closure,” Judge Walmsley said. “The mother, the father, the community, and maybe even parts of the nation, but closure is hard to define and is a granular concept. It’s seen differently by all depending on their perspective and the prism of your lives.”

He added, “Instead of closure, maybe it would be best to see today’s proceeding as an exercise in accountability. We are all accountable for our own actions. Today demonstrates that everybody is accountable to the rule of law. Taking the law into your own hands is a dangerous endeavor.”

Multiple members of Ahmaud Arbery’s family spoke at the sentencing on Friday. His mother Wanda Cooper-Jones called for her son’s killers to receive no leniency.

“Your honor, these men have chosen to lie and attack my son and his surviving family,” she said. “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.”

She continued, “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.”

Grandmaster Jay of the NFAC will be indelibly be linked to the Arbery case. Arbery’s murder lead to the formation of The Not F##king Around Coalition (NFAC), the largest Black militia in the United States. They convened at the scene of the murder to protect the Arbery family and to deter further acts of domestic terror.

Grandmaster Jay, real name John Johnson, said that he was pleased with the three life sentences.

I am pleased at the sentencing and the justifications given for the sentencing of all three killers of our brother Ahmaud,” Grandmaster Jay told AllHipHop exclusively.

He also that that justice should be normalized in the American justice system.

“This should be the norm. Not the end result of us having to arm ourselves to get equal justice in America,” he continued.

Last November, the McMichaels and Bryan were found guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery.

The three white men chased down Ahmaud Arbery while he jogged through their neighborhood in February 2020. Travis McMichael fatally shot the 25-year-old Black man, who was unarmed.

View some of the reactions to the sentencing below.