Judge upholds ex-police officer Michael Slager’s 20-year sentence for killing Walter Scott

Slager had appealed his sentence, saying his lawyer never told him about a plea offer from prosecutors that could have cut years off his eventual prison term for shooting Scott five times in the back.

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But federal Judge Richard Gergel wrote in his ruling Monday that he believed Slager’s lawyer Andy Savage, who said in 2017 court papers that he told his client about every plea offer. Slager testified during a hearing last week he didn’t know about the initial deal from prosecutors.

Slager’s 20-year sentence was one of the longest in recent memory for a police officer for an on-duty killing.

EXPEDIENTE - In this Dec. 5, 2016 foto de archivo, defense attorneys Andy Savage, izquierda, Don McCune, and Miller Shealy, derecho, sit around former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager at the Charleston County court in Charleston, CAROLINA DEL SUR. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Piscina)

EXPEDIENTE – In this Dec. 5, 2016 foto de archivo, defense attorneys Andy Savage, izquierda, Don McCune, and Miller Shealy, derecho, sit around former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager at the Charleston County court in Charleston, CAROLINA DEL SUR. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Piscina)

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