Michael Slager, the previous South Carolina police officer who killed unarmed black man Walter Scott, was sentenced Thursday to twenty years in federal jail.
US District Courtroom Decide David Norton made his determination after listening to sufferer influence statements from Scott’s relations. Norton earlier Thursday had stated the “applicable underlying offense” for Slager, who’s white, was second-diploma homicide and steered a sentence of 19 to 24 years in jail.
Slager pleaded responsible in Might to violation of civil rights by appearing beneath the colour of regulation in Scott’s 2015 killing. Slager’s 2016 state homicide trial led to a mistrial.
Federal prosecutors sought a life sentence for Slager, arguing he had dedicated second-diploma homicide and in addition must be punished for obstructing justice by offering the South Carolina Regulation Enforcement Division with false statements.
Slager shot Scott 5 occasions within the again “for operating away, merely for having a damaged taillight,” federal prosecutor Jared Fishman advised the courtroom in his closing assertion this week.
It’s “time to name it what it was — a homicide,” Fishman stated, specifying second-diploma homicide.
However protection lawyer Andy Savage argued that whereas Slager’s actions have been felony, they didn’t quantity to homicide. The suitable offense was voluntary manslaughter, Slager’s attorneys stated.
A probation officer had advisable Slager be sentenced to 10 to thirteen years in jail.
Norton acknowledged Thursday that neither the Scott household nor the Slager household doubtless can be happy with the sentence he handed down, including that sentencing is the toughest side of his greater than 27 years on the bench.