EXCLUSIVE: It is the second Thanksgiving she’s spent with out her son, however Wanda Cooper-Jones says she continues to be grateful.
She says her son, 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, is “smiling, looking down he continues to rest in peace.”
In an unique one-on-one interview with Fox Information, Cooper-Jones is relieved to lastly have justice for Arbery’s dying after he was shot and killed almost 2 years in the past on Feb. 23, 2020. “I made it this far through prayer,” she says.
Cooper-Jones made a visit on Thanksgiving Day to a mural that honors Arbery’s life in Brunswick, Georgia. She says relations had been visiting from out of city they usually needed to see the colourful mural that sits on the facet of a constructing that can quickly open as the brand new African-American Cultural Middle within the metropolis.
Cooper-Jones says her son’s legacy is already bringing change to the world and hopes it is going to proceed to take action. She says, “Ahmaud has already brought about the hate crime law here in Georgia, and also the citizen’s arrest law being repealed.”
Now that three White males have been convicted of felony murder within the dying of her son, Cooper-Jones says, “I think that Ahmaud deserves the last word. Ahmaud was actually hunted down like an animal and I think the last word is very much deserving to him. I mean, he deserves that. That’s the least we can do for him.”
Below Georgia legislation, Travis McMichael and father Greg McMichael, in addition to William “Roddie” Bryan, all face a minimal life sentence in prison with Wednesday’s conviction. The choose will resolve at a sentencing listening to whether or not that can be with or with out the potential for parole.
Protection attorneys plan to file an enchantment after the sentencing, however Cooper-Jones says she is prepared. However she tells Fox Information she can be prepared for a similar 3 males to face federal hate crime costs when jury choice begins in February.
“I’m hoping that the verdict of guilty on all 3 defendants sends out a message of accountability,” explains Cooper-Jones.