What happened to Gregory McMichael? Ahmaud Arbery's murderer, 68, moved to hospital facility from prison

What happened to Gregory McMichael? Ahmaud Arbery's murderer, 68, moved to hospital facility from prison
Gregory McMichael, one of three men, convicted of killing Ahmaud Arbery in 2020 (Stephen B Morton-Pool/Getty Images and GoFundMe)

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA: Gregory McMichael, one of three men convicted of killing Ahmaud Arbery in 2020, has been moved to a new facility, Augusta State Medical Prison, from Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison, where he was booked on August 23, 2022. Gregory, along with his son Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr were all convicted on November 24, 2021, of felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

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According to ABC, Joan Heath, Georgia DOC Office of Public Affairs director said in a statement, "Once offenders complete the diagnostic process at Ga Diagnostic & Classification Prison, they are moved to their permanent housing assignment based on their individual diagnostic evaluation, as is the case with offender McMichael. The diagnostic process is routine for all offenders entering the GDC. Specific details of diagnostic evaluations are part of an offender's institutional file and are not subject to disclosure." 

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What happened to Gregory McMichael?

Gregory's attorney AJ Balbo spoke about his client's age and health problems after the hate crime sentencing in August last year. He stated that Gregory has suffered a stroke several years ago, has heart disease and takes medication for depression. As per Daily Mail, there is no specific details on whether Gregory has been transferred there temporarily due to illness or if it is a long-term situation. 

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The brutal killing of Ahmaud Arbery

Ahmaud, a high school football player, was fatally shot on February 23, 2020. Ahmaud, who was unarmed, was suspected to be a culprit in a series of local break-ins by Gregory and his son. They armed themselves with a pistol and a shotgun and chased Ahmaud in a pickup truck through the neighbourhood that led Travis to shoot Ahmaud with a shotgun in self-defense. William, who recorded the video, allegedly hit Ahmaud with his truck after he joined the McMichaels in chasing Ahmaud, who was shot three times with a shotgun, states BBC.

Gregory's move to medical prison slammed

However, Gregory's move to a medical prison received backlash with one saying, "Can we stop giving them special treatment? Stick them in with everyone else." Another said, "Georgia wants to keep these 3 white murderers as comfy as possible." While one more commented by saying, "I hope he gets the care he needs so he can get back to the business of spending the rest of his miserable life behind bars." On the other hand, an individual asked, "Really, American taxpayers get to cover this racist killer's med bills too?"

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