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Federal Judge Rejects Plea Agreement for Defendants Responsible for the Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

Posted by John Rogers | Jan 31, 2022

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Lisa G. Wood rejected a plea agreement reached by the U.S. Attorney's Office and Travis McMichael on hate crime charges. The plea agreement would allow McMichael to plead guilty to a single hate crime count in exchange for prosecutors recommending a 30-year sentence.

Under the plea agreement, McMichael would be transferred from state custody to federal custody where he would serve his 30-year sentence. After completing his federal prison sentence, McMichael would return to state custody.

Judge Wood made it clear that she was not comfortable with the federal sentencing guidelines in the agreement.

Ahmaud Arbery's mother gave a statement to the court expressing her strong opposition to the plea agreement. She stated, “Please listen to me…Granting these men their preferred conditions of confinement would defeat me. It gives them one last chance to split my face after murdering my son.”[1]

Judge Wood gave the defendant until Friday to decide whether he still wishes to plead guilty. Judge Wood may elect to disregard the plea agreement and sentence McMichael to more time in prison.

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[1] This quote is lifted from an article published by CNN at:

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