The ex-cop Michael Slager, gunned down unarmed Walter Scott as he ran away has been handed a 20years sentence.
Michael Slager, whose trial was initially deadlocked after a single juror “could not and would not reach a decision”, has been sentenced to 20 years for Scott’s murder.
Slager pleaded guilty to violating Scott’s civil rights when he shot and killed him in 2015.
Federal prosecutors were seeking a life sentence for Slager who they charged with second-degree murder. His lawyers, however, argued that he should face voluntary manslaughter.
Scott’s mother testified in court that she’s forgiven Slager.
"I’m not angry at you, Michael. Michael, I forgive you, and Michael, I do pray for you now and for your family, because we’ve gone through a traumatic time." Anthony Scott, brother of #WalterScott, tells #MichaelSlager pic.twitter.com/mEYeWPb7zb
— Meg Kinnard (@MegKinnardAP) December 7, 2017