Before the sentencing, Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley stated, “Ahmaud Arbery was hunted down and shot, and he was killed because individuals here in the courtroom took the law into their own hands.” He added, “When I thought about this, I thought from a lot of different angles. I kept coming back to the terror that must have been in the mind of the young man running through Satilla Shores.”
All three men were also convicted of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. Travis and Greg McMichael were each sentenced to an additional 20 years for aggravated assault.
Defense attorneys have said they plan to appeal the convictions, which they have 30 days after sentencing to file.