Travis McMichael is afraid of being killed The case of Ahmad Arbari

Travis McMichael is afraid of being killed  The case of Ahmad Arbari

The man who shot and killed Ahmed Arberry after chasing him through a Georgia neighborhood says he fears his accomplices will kill him if he is sent to state prison.

Savannah, Ga. – A white man who was shot dead Ahmad Arbri After chasing a black man on the run through a Georgia neighborhood, he says he fears he will be killed by his inmates if he is sent to a state prison to serve life in prison for murder.

Travis McMichael, 36, faces Monday in U.S. District Court after his conviction Conviction of federal hate crime charges In February, his defense attorney filed a legal motion Thursday, asking a judge to keep McMichael in federal custody.

Attorney Amy Lee Copeland argued that McMichael had received “hundreds of threats” and would not be safe in the Georgia state prison system, which is under investigation by the US Department of Justice over concerns about violence between inmates.

On February 23, 2020, McMichael and her father, Greg McMichael, armed themselves with guns and jumped into a truck to give chase after Arberry ran past their home outside the port city of Brunswick. A neighbor, William “Rudy” Bryan, joined the chase in his truck and recorded cellphone video of Travis McMichael blasting Arberry with a shotgun.

Arberry’s killing was part of a larger national audit of racial injustice among other high-profile killings of unarmed blacks. George Floyd in Minneapolis and Bruna Taylor in kentucky

In Georgia, McMichael and Bryan were sentenced to life in prison after being convicted Convicted of Arberry’s murder In state court last fall, they have remained in the custody of U.S. marshals in the county jail since their February trial in federal court, where a jury convicted them of hate crimes. Each defendant now faces a potential life sentence.

When the men are sentenced Monday by U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godby Wood, protocol is to turn them over to the Georgia Department of Corrections to serve their prison terms for murder. Because they were first arrested and tried by the government authorities.

For Travis McMichael, “his concern is that he will be killed immediately upon delivery to the state prison system to serve that sentence,” Copeland wrote in his sentencing request. He has received several death threats which are credible under all the circumstances.

Copeland said he alerted the Georgia Corrections Agency, “the agency has responded that the threats have not been substantiated and can safely hold McMichael in state custody.”

Greg McMichael, 66, also asked the judge to put him in federal prison instead of state prison, citing safety concerns and health problems.

Arberry’s family insists that McMichael and Bryan should serve their sentences in a state prison, arguing that a federal penitentiary would not be as harsh. His parents strongly objected before the federal trial, when both McMichaels sought a plea deal that included asking them to be transferred to federal prison. The judge ultimately rejected the agreement.

Arberry’s mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, told the judge at the Jan. 31 hearing, “Giving these men their preferred option for incarceration would fail me.”

Ed Tarver, an Augusta attorney and former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, said a federal judge does not have the authority to order a state to hand over legal custody of inmates to the federal Bureau of Prisons.

“He certainly can make that request, and it’s up to the state Department of Corrections whether they agree to that,” Tarver said of the judge.

Copeland’s court filing refers to an earlier agreement between the judge, prosecutors and defense attorneys to keep McMichael and Bryan in federal custody “through the completion of the federal trial and any post-trial proceedings.” He argued that means Travis McMichael should at least remain in federal custody through an appeal of his hate crime conviction.

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