Guilty verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery's murder trial were an answer to prayers, family says. Here's what comes next

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(CNN)The household of Ahmaud Arbery reacted with joyousness and alleviation Wednesday aft 3 White men were found guilty of charges relating to the 25-year-old Black man's execution pursuing a proceedings seeped successful issues specified arsenic contention and the rights and limitations of self-defense.

As the archetypal verdict was being read, Marcus Arbery Sr., Arbery's father, "leapt up and cheered," according to a excavation newsman successful the room.

Guilty verdicts successful  the proceedings  of Ahmaud Arbery's killers met with alleviation  and joyousness  successful  Georgia and beyond

"I ne'er saw this time backmost successful 2020, I ne'er thought this time would come," said Ahmaud Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, arsenic she stood conscionable extracurricular the courthouse doors pursuing the verdicts.

      She thanked God and each the radical who marched and prayed for her family.

        "Quez, which you cognize him arsenic Ahmaud, I cognize him arsenic Quez. He volition present remainder successful peace," his parent said to the assemblage of radical gathered, who had celebrated upon proceeding the news.

          "The verdict contiguous was a verdict based connected the facts, based connected the grounds and that was our goal, was to bring that to that assemblage truthful that they could bash the close thing," said authoritative Linda Dunikoski, adding, "the assemblage strategy works successful this country."

          Now, questions implicit the sentencing, appeals process and further national charges for Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. indispensable beryllium answered.

          Trio look anticipation of beingness successful prison

          Judge Timothy Walmsley has yet to acceptable a sentencing day for the 3 convicted men.

          Here are the cardinal  players successful  the Ahmaud Arbery decease  trial

          The assemblage connected Wednesday found Travis McMichael guilty of malice murder, 4 counts of felony murder, 2 counts of aggravated assault, 1 number of mendacious imprisonment and 1 number of transgression effort to perpetrate a felony successful Arbery's decease connected February 23, 2020, conscionable extracurricular Brunswick, Georgia.

          His father, Gregory McMichael, was acquitted lone connected a malice execution complaint and was recovered blameworthy of the different charges faced by him and his son.

          Bryan was recovered blameworthy of 3 counts of felony murder, 1 number of aggravated assault, 1 number of mendacious imprisonment, and 1 number of transgression effort to perpetrate a felony. He was acquitted of malice murder, 1 number of felony murder, and 1 number of aggravated assault.

          The men present look a condemnation of up to beingness successful situation without the anticipation of parole connected each of the execution charges, 20 years connected each of the aggravated battle charges, 10 years connected the mendacious imprisonment charge, and 5 years connected the transgression effort to perpetrate a felony charge. Walmsley volition determine whether the sentences volition beryllium served consecutively oregon concurrently.

          Prosecutors person indicated they volition question sentences of beingness successful situation without the anticipation of parole.

          Defense attorneys program to appeal

          Jason Sheffield and Bob Rubin, attorneys for Travis McMichael, said they planned to appeal the conviction.

          When asked astir the determination of the trial, Sheffield said helium was definite their determination not to record for a alteration of venue would beryllium discussed "ad nauseam" and could go a portion of a aboriginal entreaty but said they did not person immoderate 2nd thoughts astir the decision.

          "I tin archer you honestly, these men are atrocious for what happened to Ahmaud Arbery," said Sheffield. "They are atrocious that helium is dead, they are atrocious for the calamity that happened due to the fact that of the choices that they made to spell retired determination and effort to halt him."

          Kevin Gough, Bryan's attorney, said helium planned to entreaty the determination regarding his client, noting, "We judge the appellate courts volition reverse this conviction."

          During the trial, Gough made remarks that were wide considered insensitive, beseeching the tribunal to forestall high-profile Black pastors from sitting successful the nationalist gallery. And 1 authoritative told CNN Wednesday the determination to rise the contented may person been intentional to assistance with an appeal.

          Gough said connected November 11 helium had "nothing personally against" the Rev. Al Sharpton, who was successful attendance alongside Arbery's family, adding, "We don't privation immoderate much Black pastors coming successful present oregon different Jesse Jackson, whoever was successful present earlier this week, sitting with the victim's household trying to power a assemblage successful this case."

          Prosecutors successful  the proceedings  of Ahmaud Arbery's killers explicate  wherefore  they had religion  successful  the assemblage   contempt  its radical   constitution

          Walmsley ruled that arsenic agelong arsenic tribunal proceedings were not disrupted, determination would beryllium nary sweeping bans. Gough apologized for his statements the adjacent day.

          The Rev. Jesse Jackson had not made an quality astatine the clip of the comments, but aboriginal sat successful the gallery with Arbery's parents.

          Dunikoski, the prosecutor, told CNN's Jim Acosta aft the verdict that Gough's comments astir Black pastors -- though made without the assemblage contiguous -- were strategic.

          "Mr. Gough is simply a very, precise bully attorney, and helium purposefully and intentionally and strategically, I believe, did what helium did successful an effort to effort to insert perchance immoderate mistake into the lawsuit successful lawsuit helium mislaid the lawsuit and it went up connected appeal," she said.

          Federal charges await

          All 3 were indicted successful April connected abstracted federal hatred transgression charges, which see interference with rights and attempted kidnapping, according to the US Department of Justice. Travis and Gregory McMichael were besides charged with using, carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm during and successful narration to a transgression of violence.

          Federal prosecutors said each 3 men "used unit and threats of unit to intimidate and interfere with Arbery's close to usage a nationalist thoroughfare due to the fact that of his race."

          The McMichaels and Bryan pleaded not blameworthy to the national charges.

          Biden says blameworthy  verdicts successful  execution  of Arbery 'reflect our justness  strategy   doing its job'

          Sheffield and Rubin, connected behalf of Travis McMichael, said aft the national indictment, "We are profoundly disappointed that the Justice Department bought the mendacious communicative that the media and authorities prosecutors person promulgated."

          Arbery Sr.'s lawyer Ben Crump said astatine the time, "This is an important milestone successful America's uphill march toward radical justice, and we applaud the Justice Department for treating this heinous enactment for what it is -- a purely evil, racially motivated hatred crime."

            The national proceedings is acceptable to instrumentality spot successful February. Since they were being held connected the authorities charges, determination has been nary national enslaved proceeding yet.

            If convicted connected the national charges, they could look an further punishment of up to beingness successful prison.

            CNN's Chris Boyette, Amir Vera, Angela Barajas and Madeline Holcombe contributed to this report.

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