Ahmaud Arbery's mother asks court to impose maximum sentence on his killers: 'They chose to target my son because they didn't want him in their community'
- Ahmaud Arbery's mother asked a judge to impose the maximum sentence for the three men convicted of killing her son.
- Greg McMichael, his son Travis, and William Bryan were all convicted of
murderin November for the shooting death of Arbery.
Ahmaud Arbery's mother asked a Georgia court to impose a maximum sentence to the killers of her 25-year-old son, who was fatally shot while jogging in February 2020.
"Please give all three defendants who are responsible for the death of my son the maximum punishment in this court, which I do believe is behind bars without the possible chance for parole," Wanda Cooper-Jones said on Friday at the
Arbery was jogging through the Georgia neighborhood of Satilla Shores on February 23, 2020, when he was confronted and fatally shot by Travis McMichael.
Travis McMichael, his father, Greg, and their neighbor, William Bryan, were found guilty in late November of murdering Arbery.
The state of Georgia gives a minimum sentence of life imprisonment to those convicted on murder charges, with judges left to determine the possibility of parole. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty for any defendant in the Arbery case.
Cooper-Jones started her victim impact statement at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunwick, Georgia, by speaking "directly" to her son. She told the court that she "promised" Arbery on the day she laid him to rest that "someday, somehow I would get you justice."
Cooper-Jones told the court she thinks the three defendants have "no remorse" for their actions, and that they "chose to lie" about their reasons for attacking Arbery.
"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," Cooper-Jones said.
"When they couldn't sufficiently scare him or intimidate him, they killed him," she added.
Arbery's father, Marcus Arbery, and Cooper-Jones said in their statements that they wanted the world to know who their son was. Cooper-Jones said
"I wish he would have cut and cleaned his toenails before he went out for that jog that day," Cooper-Jones said. "I guess he would have if he knew he would be murdered."
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