According to the murderer of Ahmaud Arbery’s attorney, incarceration in a Georgia prison would constitute a “backdoor death sentence.” An arbitrator disagreed.


Ahmaud Arbery’s killer, Travis McMichael, received a life sentence. In 2020, McMichael, his father Gregory, and their neighbor were all charged with murder. Travis McMichael’s attorney unsuccessfully argued that he should be transferred to a federal facility. Join our weekday newsletter list to receive original analysis, news, and trends in your inbox. The shooter of Ahmaud Arbery, who is currently serving a life term in a Georgia state prison, is afraid that he will be murdered there.

However, Travis McMichael’s request to be transferred to a federal facility was turned down by a judge on Monday.
According to McMichael’s attorney, Amy Lee Copeland, inmates at the Georgia prison have seen pictures of him “with his vivid red hair.”
Sending McMichael to state prison, according to Copeland, would constitute a “backdoor death penalty,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution .
McMichael’s attorney reportedly told a judge on Monday that “even a defendant who is publicly reviled…deserves 8th Amendment rights.”

In addition to the life sentence he had already received in a state court, US District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood sentenced McMichael to life in prison without the possibility of release.