1. Various of people standing around Ahmaud Arbery's mother Wanda Cooper-Jones during toast
2. Mid of Wanda Cooper-Jones (center wearing striped blouse)
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Wanda Cooper-Jones, mother of Ahmaud Arbery:
Cooper-Jones: "Today was a very, very emotional day. Today was a day of victory. The day was a day that I never thought would come that we would finally get these guys. I knew it would come, but I just didn't know how soon, I would say that. Today was a very good day."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Wanda Cooper-Jones, mother of Ahmaud Arbery:
"I didn't want to put in an amount of time, like an estimated time how much it would take. But I was sure that the jury would take a look at the evidence and they would come back with the correct verdict. And they did."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Wanda Cooper-Jones, mother of Ahmaud Arbery:
(Reporter: "And as you were sitting in the courtroom and you heard the first guilty for Travis McMichael and subsequent guilties, tell me what was going through your mind at that moment.")
Cooper-Jones: "That we finally got justice for Ahmaud, we finally got justice for Quez."
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Wanda Cooper-Jones, mother of Ahmaud Arbery:
"Very bittersweet. I often think about that, days ago, that when, when we got justice for Ahmaud that it would be victory but at the same time Ahmaud will not be returning home. Ahmaud is gone forever."
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Wanda Cooper-Jones, mother of Ahmaud Arbery:
"Tomorrow is the second Thanksgiving that we that we're going to spend my family is going to spend without Ahmaud. Tomorrow is going to be a day of rest, just a day to just take it all in, on what happened and what needs to happen and just give God thanks."
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Wanda Cooper-Jones, mother of Ahmaud Arbery:
"I do think that the federal case will be a little easier because I've got for me with a lot of the evidence that will be presented, so I'm looking forward to getting that all behind us as well."
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Wanda Cooper-Jones, mother of Ahmaud Arbery:
"My faith in the system has been restored. But at the same time I think about the families, the mothers who lost their sons and daughters that never got justice."
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Wanda Cooper-Jones, mother of Ahmaud Arbery:
Reporter: "Have you changed your mind in any way, number one, as far as forgiveness for the men that did this, and if so, why not?"
Cooper-Jones: "To be honest with you, I haven't forgiven them at all. They took away a lot from my family and I. I'm not saying that I won't eventually forgive them, but I haven't got that far yet."
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Wanda Cooper-Jones, mother of Ahmaud Arbery:
"I'm very relieved that this part is finally over. But at the same time, like I said earlier, my son is gone forever. So there's a victory. But again, my family and I lost a lot."
Reporter: "And where does Wanda Cooper-Jones go from here?"
Cooper-Jones: "Wanda Cooper-Jones goes from day to day, taking it hour by hour. Still, I'm still grieving. I'm still in a very early process of grieving. I'm going to just start taking better care of myself and begin to get prepared for that federal case."
After three men were convicted of murder for the death her son, Ahmaud Arbery's mother said Wednesday that she never thought she'd see the day come.
"Today was a very, very emotional day. Today was a day of victory," Wanda Cooper-Jones said during an interview with The Associated Press.
Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan were convicted of murder in the February 2020 death of the 25-year-old Black man, who was chased and fatally shot while running through their coastal Georgia neighborhood.
The February 2020 slaying drew limited attention at first. But when video of the shooting leaked online, Arbery's death quickly became another example in the nation's reckoning of racial injustice in the way Black people are treated in their everyday lives.
Now the men all face a mandatory sentence of life in prison. The judge will decide whether their sentences are served with or without the possibility of parole.
Cooper-Jones' attorney, Lee Merritt, hailed his client's unflinching fight for justice.
Of the son she called Quez, Cooper-Jones said, "we finally got justice for Ahmaud, we finally got justice for Quez."
When Travis McMichael was pronounced guilty of murder, Arbery's father, Marcus Arbery Sr., let out a “gut-wrenching grunt," his attorney Ben Crump said.
Marcus Arbery thanked God, his family and the family's supporters and said he doesn't want to see any other father have to live through what he lived through. But as he reflected on the verdict, he said, “Today is a good day.”
Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley did not immediately schedule a sentencing date, saying that he wanted to give both sides time to prepare.