Augusta, GA – One of the three men convicted last year of the killing of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery as he jogged through their Satilla Shores neighborhood has been permanently transferred to the Augusta State Medical Prison.
Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, were both found guilty of the 2020 murder of Arbery on state charges in November of 2021 and were sentenced life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Both of the McMichaels were also convicted on federal charges later and sentenced to life in prison again in August of 2022.
U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood sentenced 37-year-old Travis McMichael, the defendant who actually shot Arbery multiple times, and his father, 67-year-old Gregory McMichael, to life in prison for the hate crimes, NBC News reported.
Wood also sentenced the father and son duo to 20 years on attempted kidnapping charges, CNN reported.
The judge gave Travis McMichael and Gregory McMichael another 10 years and seven years, respectively, on weapons charges.
Wood also ruled that the McMichaels will serve their federal time concurrently with their state sentences – life without the possibility of parole – in a Georgia state prison.
The federal prison system is considered less dangerous and more comfortable than the state prison system and Arbery’s family has repeatedly said they want his killers to suffer.
The Georgia Department of Corrections (DOC) confirmed on Jan. 17 that Gregory McMichael had been moved to the state prison system’s medical facility and was expected to remain there for the rest of his incarceration, WTOC reported.
Gregory McMichael one of the three found guilty in the Ahmaud Arbery murder has been transferred to Augusta Medical State Prison. The reason is unknown.. pic.twitter.com/WzyGTX0aqd
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The Augusta State Medical Prison is where the correctional system puts inmates with severe medical cases and provides acute, specialized treatment, according to DOC’s website.
DOC has refused to comment on why Gregory McMichael had been moved to the medical facility, citing healthcare privacy laws, WTOC reported.
However, during the murder trial, Gregory McMichael’s attorney said his client suffered from a cardiac condition and his wife said her husband had a history of heart attacks and strokes.
Travis McMichael, his son who actually shot Arbery multiple times, and their neighbor who helped them and filmed the murder, are listed as remaining in Jackson at the Diagnostic and Classification State Prison, WTOC reported.
A DOC spokeswoman said the Jackson facility was the first stop for all offenders who are new to the state prison system and that everybody starts out there and then gets their permanent prison assignment elsewhere.
The police report said the incident began when Arbery jogged past the McMichaels’ home on Feb. 23, 2020, the Associated Press reported.
The McMichaels told police afterwards that they thought Arbery was the suspect in several recent burglaries in the neighborhood, so they armed themselves and followed him.
The men jumped in their pickup truck and followed the 25 year old as he ran through the neighborhood.
William “Roddie” Bryan, their 52-year-old neighbor, jumped in his own pickup truck and joined in, according to CBS News.
Special Prosecutor Jesse Evans said the men effectively boxed in Arbery with their pickup trucks, forcing the encounter that followed.
Evans said Arbery was “was chased, hunted down and ultimately executed,” CBS News reported.
The video filmed by neighbor, Bryan, showed Arbery running up the middle of the residential road toward a white pickup truck that was stopped in the road ahead of him.
In the video, Arbery dodged to the right onto the grass to go around the stopped truck.
Yelling could be heard in the video for a second, and then a gunshot, just before Arbery reappeared in front of the truck.
The video showed Gregory McMichael stood up in the bed of the pickup with a gun in his hand.
Arbery appeared to engage Travis McMichael, who was holding a pump-action shotgun, in a struggle for the gun that drifted off camera for a split second.
While they were off-camera, Travis McMichael’s gun went off – a puff of smoke could be seen on the left side of the screen that indicated where the gunshot came from.
The video showed Arbery and Travis McMichael veered back into the frame, still engaged in a struggle over the gun, and then there was a third gunshot.
Arbery took a couple steps away from Travis McMichael and collapsed face-first in the middle of the street, the video showed.
None of the three men involved in Arbery’s death were arrested at the scene, nor in the several months that immediately followed.
Shenanigans involving conflict of interest resulted in the case being passed from prosecutor to prosecutor, and no one was arrested for Arbery’s murder until after the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) took over in May of 2020.