A Georgia man and his father convicted of federal hate crimes for the murder of a black man shot while jogging were sentenced to life in prison on Monday.
Travis McMichael, 36, and his father, Gregory McMichael, 66, are already serving life sentences after being found guilty in a state trial for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in 2020.
U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood sentenced both men to life sentences on hate crime charges and denied their requests to serve their sentences in a federal prison rather than a state institution.
The McMichaels, who are white, chased Arbery in a pickup truck on Feb. 23, 2020 as he jogged through their neighborhood near the town of Brunswick, Georgia.
Travis McMichael confronted 25-year-old Arbery as he drove past their truck and shot and killed him.
The racially charged case fueled the nationwide protests against the police killings of African Americans, initially sparked by the May 2020 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
A third man involved in the pursuit, William Bryan, who had a less direct role in the murder and collaborated with investigators, was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole on state charges.
He was sentenced to 35 years in prison on federal charges.
During the federal hate crime trial, prosecutors said the three men would use vulgar racist statements and a history of racism.
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