Travis McMichael, alongside along with his father Greg, and their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, was discovered responsible within the February 2020 capturing dying of Arbery within the Satilla Shores neighborhood of Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia.
They have been convicted in November 2021 on the state homicide prices. The McMichaels have been sentenced to life in jail with out the potential of parole. Bryan obtained a life sentence with the potential of parole.
In February, a jury discovered the three responsible of all prices of their separate federal hate crimes trial, backing prosecutors’ case that the White males chased the 25-year-old by means of the streets of a Georgia neighborhood as a result of he was Black.
Sentence hearings for the three are as a consequence of start on Monday on the federal courthouse in Brunswick.
Travis McMichael’s lawyer Amy Lee Copeland filed a memorandum Thursday in federal courtroom asking for her shopper to stay within the bodily custody of the federal authorities as a result of he’s afraid he’ll be killed as soon as within the Georgia state jail system.
McMichael has been held on the Glynn County Detention Heart since his state arrest in Might 2020, based on the memo, and has obtained threats that individuals “are ‘ready for him,’ that he shouldn’t go into the yard, and that correctional officers have promised a willingness (whether or not for pay or free of charge) to maintain sure doorways unlocked and backs turned to permit inmates to hurt him.”
“His concern is that he’ll promptly be killed upon supply to the state jail system for service of that sentence: He has obtained quite a few threats of dying which are credible in mild of all circumstances, and the federal government has a pending investigation into the Georgia DOC’s capacity to maintain inmates secure in a system the place homicide charges have tripled,” the memo stated.
It stated McMichael had obtained tons of of threats and “stop counting in January 2022, at round 800 threats.”
Together with security issues, the memo additionally cites “the federal government’s investigation into the violence in Georgia state prisons,” as causes that McMichael ought to stay within the bodily custody of the federal authorities.
CNN has reached out to McMichael’s lawyer for remark.
Arbery’s household has objected to the killers serving time in federal as a substitute of state jail.
In January, a federal choose rejected a plea deal reached by prosecutors and Travis McMichael on the hate crime prices.
McMichael had agreed to plead responsible to a single hate crime cost — interference with rights — in alternate for prosecutors recommending he serve 30 years in federal jail.
Arbery’s mom, Wanda Cooper-Jones had urged the choose to not settle for the plea.
“Granting these males their most well-liked situations of confinement would defeat me. It provides them one final probability to spit in my face after murdering my son,” Cooper-Jones advised the choose.