Officials are transferring three men convicted of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery to the largest state prison in Georgia and holding them in the same facility as death row inmates

The three men convicted of tracking down and killing Ahmaud Arbery in the middle of a residential street outside of Brunswick, Georgia have been transferred to one of the state’s largest state prisons after their requests to serve their time in federal prison were denied. The father, son and their boyfriend will now serve their life sentences in a prison that houses over 2,000 of the state’s most violent inmates.

On Tuesday, August 23, Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan were transferred from the Glynn County Correctional Facility to Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Butts County. The convicted killers are serving their time in Georgia’s death row prison, according to WSB-TV2.

The state released the mug shots of the men, which show the men looked drastically different from when the case first made national headlines when they were arrested in May 2020.

According to Prison Insight, Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison is an adult male facility housing a maximum of 2,487 inmates near Jackson, Georgia. The massive prison consists of eight cell blocks with double-decker and single-decker cells, seven dormitories, a medical unit, a fire station and a 17-bed Segregated Transition Education Unit (STEP) for sex offenders who will soon be released.

The facility “houses offenders assigned to the 90-day Segregated Transition Educated Program (STEP), houses death penalty offenders (UDS) and carries out state-ordered executions. It also houses a 192-bed Special Management Unit (SMU).”

GDCP also has an in-house CERT team and Tactical Squad.

The Atlanta Station WXIA reports that state prison officials are currently reviewing medical histories, educational needs, drug and alcohol histories and other issues to determine if GDCP is permanently appropriate for the three inmates, a process expected to take about two weeks .

The McMichaels and Bryan were convicted in November 2021 of both malicious and felony murder in the death of the 25-year-old black jogger who was killed on February 23, 2020. The father-son team was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the brutality of the killing. Her neighbor, who actually leaked video of the attack and murder, was sentenced to life in prison with a chance of parole after 30 years.

The men were also convicted of federal hate crimes. U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood convicted the McMichaels, adding another life sentence plus 10 years to the two men, while sentenced Bryan to 35 years in prison.

Defense attorneys fought hard to have the three men serve their time in federal facilities, saying their lives were in danger. Attorneys cited more than 1,000 death threats against the men during the federal trial and claimed state prisons were unsafe for their clients. Godbey Wood refused any request.

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James Brien

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