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Gregory and Travis McMichael

Following less than a day of deliberations, a Georgia jury has delivered a unanimous verdict of guilty on all counts against defendants Travis McMichael, his father Greg McMichael, and their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan in their federal hate crimes trial for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.

The jury found that racism motivated the pursuit and shooting of Arbery by the defendants as he fled from them through a coastal suburb in February 2020.

Charged with violating Arbery's civil rights, kidnapping, and for the McMichaels, an additional charge of use of a firearm to commit a crime, all three men face a possible life sentence. All three were already convicted of murdering Arbery in a state trial last year and sentenced to life in prison.

The defendants, who originally sought a plea agreement with the Justice Department, will have 14 days to appeal.

Over four days of testimony during last week's trial, witnesses recalled racist remarks by Gregory and Travis McMichael, and prosecutors cited copious examples of racist texts and other messages from the defendants in digital evidence.


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Rep. Tony Gonzales

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The Republican House member who represents Uvalde, Texas, where 19 kids and 2 adults were shot to death in an elementary school on Tuesday, has said in the past that he will vote against any gun safety legislation in Congress.

In September 2021, Rep. Tony Gonzales tweeted in response to a provision on firearms included in that year's annual defense spending bill, "I will fight against any attempt to restrict our 2nd Amendment right, which is why I joined in urging the stripping of red flag laws from the final version of the bill." Gonzales was one of 161 Republican House members who signed a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees in October of that year urging that the provision be removed.

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Beto O'Rourke, back to camera, confronts state officials over Uvalde school shooting at press conference

Not long after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and his entourage showed up on a stage in Uvalde, Texas, to offer the usual thoughts and prayers that follow a gun massacre, Democratic rival Beto O'Rourke suddenly strode up to confront him.

Pointing a finger at the governor, he yelled: "You're offering us nothing!"

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