Any such arrangement would have to be approved by the court, and Arbery’s parents would most likely have influence. Prosecutors did not disclose details of the plan, only announcing that a settlement was ready for trial in the United States District Court in Brunswick, Georgia.
Sunday names son Travis McMichael and father Gregory McMichael. The third convicted murderer in the case, neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, was not mentioned.
In early January, Arbery’s parents will not endorse a proposed settlement for the same two defendants named in Sunday’s announcement to agree to serve each for 30 years if they admit they were motivated by rancor.
In a statement Sunday night, Arbery’s parents, Wanda Cooper Jones and Marcus Arbery, addressed the latest filings. They said they were “vehemently opposed to this agreement” because they believed it would allow McMichaels time to serve both cases in a “preferred” federal prison.
“This proposed plea is an enviable abode for the men who hunted and murdered Ahmaud Arbery,” the couple said in an overnight statement, provided by the NBC affiliate. WTLV in Jacksonville, Florida.
Arbery, who was black, was fatally shot on February 23, 2020, outside Brunswick, Georgia, after being followed in a pickup by McMichaels, who was white. Their neighbor, Bryan, who is also white, joined the chase and captured the key moments on video.
Arbery, a 25-year-old who lived nearby and jogged in the neighborhood, as he did that day, was killed when Travis McMichaels fired his shotgun twice during a physical confrontation.
The father and son duo say they believe Arbery is a thief. Travis McMichaels said Arbery was trying to get his gun.
All three men were found guilty on November 24. McMichaels has been convicted earlier this month to life in prison without the possibility of parole; Bryan’s sentence includes the possibility of parole after 30 years in custody.
In April, a federal grand jury convicted three people in a hate crime case that included charges of interfering with victim rights and attempted kidnapping.
The father and son were also charged with using, carrying, and swinging a firearm (Gregory McMichael drew a shotgun during the confrontation), and Travis McMichael faces one count of shooting in a violent crime.
Kurt Chirbas contribute.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/crime-courts/plea-deal-reached-two-ahmaud-arberys-murderers-hate-crimes-trial-rcna14157 Plea agreement reached with two of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers in hate crime trial