One of the men convicted of the murder of Ahmed Arbery fears he will be killed in the Georgia state prison, according to a memo filed by his attorney prior to Monday’s sentencing date.
Travis McMichael, 36, was convicted of state murder charges with his father, Gregory Jones McMichael, and neighbor William “Rudy” Bryan, in connection with the 2020 shooting of Arbery. The trio mistakenly mistook the 25-year-old black man, who He was running in the Georgia neighborhood in which they lived, as a thief, they chased after him and killed him.
McMichaels was sentenced to life in prison without parole, while Brian was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
The three were also convicted in February on federal hate crime charges, for which they are due to be sentenced on Monday.
Last week, Travis McMichael’s attorney filed a warrant requesting that her client be kept in federal custody, instead of being transferred to a state prison, because he fears for his life.
Amy Lee Copeland told the Federal Court in the memo that the younger McMichael had been held in the Glen County Detention Center since May 2020 and had received threats that people were “waiting for him” and that he “should not go into the yard, and that corrections officers had promised to be ready (either paid or free)” To keep some doors open and their backs to allow inmates to hurt him.” CNN mentioned.
“His concern is that he will be killed on the spot when handed over to the state prison system to serve that sentence: he has received numerous death threats credible in all circumstances, and the government has a pending investigation into the Georgia case. The ability to keep inmates safe in a system where murder rates have tripled times.
She added that McMichael received so many threats that he stopped counting them in January “at about 800 threats,” as well as “the government’s investigation into violence in Georgia state prisons,” according to CNN.
A lawyer made his father last week a similar request, telling a judge not to send his client to a state prison “the very process of which may enable inmates to engage in dangerous and even deadly activities,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Earlier this year, the court rejected a plea deal that would have allowed McMichaels to serve 30 years in federal prison. The men face another life sentence Monday at a hearing in Brunswick, Georgia, as federal hate charges carry that potential sentence.
Not only did the Arbery family oppose the plea deal that the judge ultimately rejected, but the possibility that the 25-year-old’s killers would serve their sentences in federal custody, not in government custody.