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Protester holds poster calling for justice during trial, held in November | Photo: EFE / EPA / JAMES GILBERT

A judge in Brunswick, Georgia, on Friday announced the convictions of three men for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, in February 2020.

Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory McMichael, were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, while neighbor William Bryan Jr. was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

The three defendants were convicted by a jury in November last year of murder, aggravated assault, imprisonment and attempted felony. The jury also declared Travis McMichael, who shot Arbery guilty of murder.

In a case that had wide repercussions in the United States, the three defendants, who are white, chased Arbery, who was black and fled to the neighborhood where they lived, and shot him. The defendants alleged that they suspected Arbery of being responsible for a series of thefts in the neighborhood.