Arbery shooter fears being killed in state prison

Savannah, GA (AP) — shot dead white man Ahmad Arbery After chasing a black man running in his Georgia neighborhood, he fears he will be killed by fellow inmates if he is sent to a state prison to serve a life sentence for murder.

Travis McMichael, 36, faces judgment in US District Court on Monday. Conviction on federal hate crime charges in February. His attorney Thursday filed a legal motion asking a judge to keep McMichael in federal custody.

Attorney Amy Lee Copeland says McMichael has received “hundreds of threats” and is unsafe in Georgia’s prison system under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice amid fears of inmate violence argued that it would

On February 23, 2020, McMichael and his father, Greg McMichael, armed themselves with guns, jumped into a pickup truck and chased Arbery. His neighbor William “Rody” Bryan joined the chase in his truck and recorded a cell phone video of Travis McMichael blowing up Arbery with a shotgun.

Arbery’s murder, among other high-profile killings of unarmed blacks, became part of a larger public scrutiny over racial injustice. George Floyd Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.

In Georgia, McMichaels and Brian were sentenced to life in prison. Arbery murder convicted in state court last fall. They have remained in county jail in the custody of a U.S. Marshal since they were indicted in federal court in February and a jury convicted them of hate crimes. Face two life sentences.

When the men are sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Lisa Godby Wood, the protocol will turn them over to the Georgia Department of Corrections to serve a prison sentence for murder. because he was arrested and put on trial by state authorities in

In the case of Travis McMichael, “His concern is that he will be killed shortly after being turned over to the state prison system for the enforcement of that sentence,” Copeland wrote in her sentencing request. He has received many credible death threats in light of all the circumstances.”

Copeland said he alerted the Georgia Department of Corrections, which “replied that these threats had not been verified and that McMichael could be safely held in state custody.”

Greg McMichael, 66, also asked a judge to keep him in federal rather than state prison, citing safety concerns and health problems.

Arbery’s family insisted that McMichaels and Brian should serve their sentences in state prisons, and that federal prisons were less harsh. When they asked for a plea bargain that included a request to transfer them to federal prison, they strongly opposed it.

Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, told the judge at a Jan. 31 hearing that “giving these men a choice of confinement preferences would beat me.”

Ed Tarver, an attorney in Augusta and former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, said federal judges do not have the power to order states to relinquish lawful custody of inmates to the Federal Prison Service. said no.

“She can certainly make that request,” Tarver said of the judge.

Copeland’s court filings echoed previous agreements among judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys to keep McMichaels and Bryan in federal custody “until the completion of federal trials and post-trial proceedings.” She argued that through the appeal of the hate crime conviction, it meant that Travis McMichael should at least remain in federal custody.

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