Gregory McMichael Wiki/Bio
According to a report, one of the Georgia men convicted in state court of killing black jogger Ahmaud Arbery has withdrawn his guilty plea to federal hate crime charges in the case.
According to WSAV, Gregory McMichael made the decision after a federal judge rejected the terms of a plea deal he and his convicted killer son, Travis McMichael, had struck with prosecutors.
Gregory McMichael is 66 years old.
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Gregory McMichael, one of Ahmaud Arbery’s three assassins, reiterated his not guilty plea in a federal hate crimes prosecution on Thursday after a judge rejected his proposed plea offer, according to court records.
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Mr. McMichael’s decision essentially guarantees that he will face a new trial in the near future, which may bring up horrific manifestations of bigotry that were not raised during the state murder trial.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Lisa G. Wood rejected plea deals for Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael on federal hate crime charges in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. pic.twitter.com/hhDdls4WFZ
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In November, Mr. McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and their neighbor William Bryan was found guilty of murdering Mr. Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who they chased through their area in two vehicles in February 2020. In January, the pursuers, all white men, were sentenced to life in prison.
Judge Lisa Godbey Wood rejected the government’s bargain with Travis McMichael in a federal court hearing in Brunswick, Ga., on Monday, thereby nullifying his father’s deal as well.
After Mr. Arbery’s family members angrily condemned the deals in court, the judge made his judgement.
Wanda Cooper-Jones, Mr. Arbery’s mother, objected to a major part of the deals that would have permitted the McMichaels to serve their 30-year sentences in federal prison rather than the Georgia state prison system, which is believed to be more dangerous.
Gregory McMichael’s lawyer, A.J. Balbo, and the Justice Department filed notice with the court on Thursday night, claiming that Mr. McMichael’s plea deal had been withdrawn and should be treated as null and void.
The guys have also been charged with federal hate crimes and attempted kidnapping, and they could face life in prison if convicted.
The federal case has been shaken by disagreements about plea deals the McMichaels recently signed with the Justice Department as Monday approaches, the date jury selection is due to begin.