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COLUMBIA, S.C. – A judge upheld a 20-year prison sentence on Monday for former police officer Michael Slager in the killing of Walter Scott, an unarmed Black man who ran from a traffic stop in South Carolina, rejecting Slager’s claims his lawyer did a poor job.

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.

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.

Slager pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights charge for shooting Scott in the back five times on April 4, 2015. Slager had pulled over the 50-year-old Black motorist for a broken brake light when their confrontation was captured on a bystander’s cellphone video that later spread worldwide on social media.

In the encounter, the two could be seen tumbling to the ground after Slager hit Scott with a Taser. Authorities said their investigation found Scott got back up and was shot from a distance of about 15 feet as he ran from the officer.

The shooting itself was captured on video, something Slager didn’t know when he initially told investigators that Scott had charged at him after stealing his Taser.

“At sentencing, Petitioner attempted to blame the victim. Now, he attempts to blame his defense counsel and the trial judge. But a careful review of this entire tragic episode makes plain that Petitioner has no one to blame for his present predicament and sentence but himself,” Gergel wrote.

Savage is one of South Carolina’s most accomplished attorneys and at the time he was also representing a Black church member whose life was spared in a racist massacre that killed nine people in a Charleston church in 2015, two months after Slager’s arrest.

Slager’s new lawyers didn’t question his guilt, just a sentence that according to federal prison records will keep him behind bars until 2033.

While Slager pleaded guilty to a civil rights offense, the length of his sentence depended on how federal judge David Norton interpreted the shooting. If it was voluntary manslaughter committed in the heat of passion, sentencing guidelines meant Slager might have faced as little as seven years.

But Norton ruled the shooting amounted to second-degree murder because Slager fired nine shots total and lied about Scott stealing his Taser.

Savage said in court papers as part of Slager’s appeal that he did not tell the ex-officer about the potential plea deal offered eight months before because of a conversation he had with Norton during a private meeting about public funding for Slager’s defense where the judge said this “is not a murder case.”

Savage took it to believe Norton was going to rule it was a manslaughter case where the upper end of the sentencing guidelines were eight years in prison, nearly four years less than the lower end of the prosecution’s offer. He recommended Slager plead guilty without the deal.

Savage never asked Norton for clarity. In court papers in Slager’s appeal, Norton said he was discussing Slager’s state trial on murder charges which had already taken place and ended in a mistrial.

Savage testified during last week’s hearing that his promises in earlier court papers that he shared all plea deals with Slager in court documents filed before the final plea were true.

Slager’s state murder charge was dropped as part of the federal plea deal. He could have faced life in prison if convicted of that charge and his lawyers said Slager wanted to spend his prison time in federal custody where he felt he would be safer than in state prison.

Gergel praised Savage and his fellow lawyers in his ruling for being “zealous advocates” and said their work that led to a four-day sentencing hearing that cost nearly $100,000 in taxpayer money “far exceeded a minimally acceptable standard of performance and showed elements of originality and creativity in the face of a daunting set of facts.”

In the end, even a great lawyer could not overcome the video of Slager shooting nine times at a running man’s back and then lying about it, Gergel said.

“Attorneys are advocates, not magicians, and they could not make this damning evidence disappear,” Gergel wrote.

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Suspect Involved In Cleburne Deadly Hit And Run Still At Large

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The Cleburne, Texas, police department arrived at the 100 block of Huron St., regarding a crash on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

During an occurrence, around 8:45 p.m., a man drove off in his car and hit three people. One male died, one woman suffered major wounds, and another woman suffered minor injuries.

The suspect left the scene and authorities haven’t been able to locate him. They don’t believe that the general public is in danger.

The suspect has been named as Alejandro Lopez. He is said to be a white male with a birth date of 5/26/1998. An arrest warrant has been issued.

The suspect vehicle was found and is described as a Chevy, single cab pickup.

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Anyone with information about this matter is asked to call the Cleburne Police Department at(817)-645-0972.



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Darren Harrison, 39, was put in a life or death situation last week. He had to land a small private plane after the pilot experienced a medical emergency.

The incident occurred at Palm Beach International Airport on May 10.

Harrison was a passenger in a single-engine Cessna 208. He had been traveling from the Bahamas and headed to Fort Pierce when the pilot had an aortic aneurysm.

“He said, I got a headache, and I’m fuzzy. And I just don’t feel right,” Harrison stated in an interview. “And I said, what do we need to do?…At that point, he didn’t respond at all.”

Harrison had never flown a plane before, but as the aircraft was in a nosedive position, he had to do something.

He went over the unresponsive pilot’s body and put his hands on the controls. Harrison then pulled back on the stick to get the plane in the correct position. He said that it was ‘common sense.’

Robert Morgan, a air traffic controller and part-time flight instructor, assisted Harrison with landing the plane.

“He comes on the radio. He says, hey we’re going to have to put the flaps down to help slow you down. He put the flaps down. Immediately, the nose started to come up to a rate that I was comfortable with,” Harrison said.

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“And I came over the radio, and I said, is it possible for me to land this airplane with no flaps? And he said, no flaps it is. We’re gonna land it with no flaps.”

A few minutes later, Harrison had landed the plane without incident.

He stated that the thought of dying never entered his mind.

The pilot was transported to a hospital, and his condition was unknown.



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An Arby’s Manager in Washington State has admitted to peeing in the restaurant’s milkshake mix at least two times.

Steven Sharp, 29, was booked into the Clark County Jail on nine charges for downloading and distributing child porn. He also allegedly admitted to having a sexual interest in children.

An investigation was underway into Sharp’s digital devices for child pornography. After getting a search warrant and going through his videos, detectives kept finding disturbing videos. On his phone, Sharp recorded himself peeing into a container of Arby’s milkshake mix.

Sharp admitted to peeing in the milkshake mixture for sexual gratification at least twice. He said he was “almost sure” he threw the container away, but if he didn’t, it would have been combined into the next shift’s mixture.

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He is facing four counts of possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, four counts of dealing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and one count of second-degree assault.

A judge raised his bail on Friday from $5,000 to $40,000. He is scheduled to be arraigned May 25.



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