Georgia deputy suspended after he posted that ‘criminal Arbery still got the death penalty though’

A Georgia Sheriff’s deputy’s could soon be booted off the force for commenting on Facebook that ‘criminal Arbery still got the death penalty though’ in response to a story about his three killers getting sentenced to life in prison.

Houston County Deputy Paul Urhahn has been placed on unpaid leave after reportedly making the comment in a now-deleted Facebook post about the death of the black jogger at the hands of Travis and Gregory McMichael, and William ‘Roddie’ Bryan in Satilla Shores. 

Urhann, who is white, was suspended on Monday after an internal investigation found that he violated company policies, such as conducting himself ‘in a manner which does not bring discredit to the department or county’ and acting in a ‘tendency to destroy public respect for employees and confidence in the department.’  

Urhahn will have ten days to appeal the termination decision or he will be fired from January 20 from the department, which is located about 180 miles northwest of where Arbery was murdered.

Houston County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Paul Urhahn has been placed on unpaid leave pending termination after he was caught calling Ahmaud Arbery a ‘criminal’ on Facebook

The deputy was caught commenting 'that criminal Arbery still got the death penalty thought' in the since-deleted Facebook post

The deputy was caught commenting ‘that criminal Arbery still got the death penalty thought’ in the since-deleted Facebook post

The community has supported the department’s move to ax Urhahn, with many calling the deputy’s actions ‘disgusting.’ 

‘That deputy represents that entire department, and for him to say something like that I’m just… it got under my skin,’ Eli Porter, an activist for the Poor and Minority Justice Association, told WGXA. 

The move shows ‘the sheriff’s office does not stand with what Paul said,’ he added. 

While some called Urhann a ‘racist’ said he got what he had coming, others said it was a violation of the First Amendment and he ‘has a right to his opinion.’ 

The McMichaels and Bryan were sentenced to life in prison last week after being convicted last Novermber for the murder of Arbery, 26, who was running through a neighborhood in Satilla Shores in February 2020 when he was killed. 

In a letter to Urhahn, the Sheriff's Office informed the deputy has until January 20 to appeal or his termination will go into effect

In a letter to Urhahn, the Sheriff’s Office informed the deputy has until January 20 to appeal or his termination will go into effect 

The McMichaels’ were both sentenced to life without parole, while Bryan – who filmed the murder – and will be eligible for parole in 30 years. 

In handing down his sentence, Judge Timothy Walmsley called the murder ‘chilling’ and ‘disturbing.’ He talked about the ‘terror’ Arbery must have felt for the five minutes the men chased him in their pick-up trucks with a shotgun and revolver.  

‘As we all now know based on the verdict that was handed down in this courtroom, Ahmaud Arbery was murdered. It’s a tragedy. It’s a tragedy on many, many levels.

‘On February 23, 2020…a young man with dreams was gunned down in this community. As we understand it, he went for a run and he ended up running for his life.’

To emphasize how long the five-minute chase must have felt for Arbery, the judge sat silently for a minute in the courtroom.

Arbery’s parents spoke at the sentence, with his mother asking for the men to receive the highest sentence. 

Arbery’s father Marcus spoke first, telling the court: ‘The man who killed my son has sat in this courtroom every day next to his father. I’ll never get the chance of sitting next to my son ever again. Not at a dinner table, not at a holiday, not at a wedding. I pray that no one in this courtroom has to do what we had – bury their child.’

He also said:  ‘Not only did they lynch my son in broad daylight but they killed him when he was doing what he loved more than anything – running.

‘That’s when he felt most alive. Most free. And they took all of that from him.

‘When I close my eyes, I see his execution over and over. I’ll see that for the rest of my life.

‘When I became a father my life became bigger than me, it became bigger than me about my family, protecting him, protecting my boy. I know in my head that there is nothing I could have done that day to have saved my son.

Arbery, 26, was murder in February 2020 after he was chased down by the Travis and Gregory McMichael and William 'Roddie' Bryan

Arbery, 26, was murder in February 2020 after he was chased down by the Travis and Gregory McMichael and William ‘Roddie’ Bryan 

He was chased by the three in their pickup trucks as he ran through the neighborhood

He was chased by the three in their pickup trucks as he ran through the neighborhood 

‘To save him from this evil and hate. My heart is broken and always will be.

‘If I could trade places with Ahmaud, I would in a heartbeat but I can’t’. I’m standing here to do what he can’t – that is to fight for him. His memory, his legacy and to tell you who he was.’

Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, pleaded: ‘They were fully committed to their crimes – let them be fully committed for the consequences.’

She also referred to her son’s toenails on the day of the murder – something that was brought up during the trial in by a defense attorney who stoked outrage by referring to his ‘long, dirty toenails’.

Wanda said: ‘I wish he would have cut and cleaned his toenails before he went out for his jog that day. I guess he would have if he knew he would be murdered.’

She then pleaded with the judge: ‘Your honor, I am standing here before you today as the mother of Ahmaud Arbery asking you to please give all three defendants who are responsible for the death of my son, the maximum punishment which I do believe is life without bars without the possible chance for parole.’

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