Locals react to verdict in Ahmaud Arbery trial
MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The trial for three people charged in the death of Ahmad Arbery was watched by many across the nation, with guilty verdicts that advocates say sparked new hope for racial justice.
Greg McMichael, his son, Travis McMichael, and neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan all face minimum sentences of life in prison after being convicted Wednesday. The case shocked millions of people in the U.S. News 11 spoke with people who said justice was served with the guilty verdicts.
The people we interviewed wanted to remain anonymous.
“I think it was only fair for them to get the sentencing they got because he wasn’t bothering nobody. They tried to pretend like he was stealing or something, but he was just jogging. Only just jogging, and they had no reason to attack him. I think they got just what they deserved,” said one person.
“I honestly feel that justice was served. I feel that no human being’s life should be taken in the hands of another human being, no matter the race,” said another local.
A woman we interviewed said the men’s conviction doesn’t change the fact an innocent person has died.
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