The Latest: Prosecutor says cop's conviction would be tough

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 6:23 AM

m. The prosecutor who accepted a plea deal that gave number prison time for a white police officer in SC who killed a black driver says it'd have been tough to obtain a jury conviction.

The Latest on a white police officer in SC taking a plea deal for probation in the killing of a black driver (all times local):

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The prosecutor who accepted a plea deal that gave number prison time for a white police officer in SC who killed a black driver says it'd have been tough to obtain a jury conviction.

Solicitor Donnie Myers told The Associated Press on Tuesday investigators couldn't obtain a grand jury with its more favorable rules for prosecutors to consent on a voluntary manslaughter indictment.

Myers says that meant it would've been tough to obtain a unanimous decision on a different felony charge from a regular jury.

Former N Augusta Police officer Justin Craven was sentenced to three years of probation and eighty hours of community service for killing 68-year-old Ernest Satterwhite in his driveway after a 13-minute police chase in February two thousand fourteen.

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To the white police officer and the judge, the shooting two years ago of a black driver after a chase was a split-second case of horrible judgment not deserving of prison time.

To some African-Americans in S Carolina, the decision not to send former N Augusta police Officer Justin Craven to prison for killing 68-year-old Ernest Satterwhite in his driveway is an example of a judicial system that doesn't defend them from officers who go too far.

Craven shot Satterwhite in Feb 2014 after a 13-minute chase that started with an attempted drunken driving stop.

State Rep. Joe Neal calls the shooting a murder and says the judge and prosecutors helped Craven obtain far with just a slap on the wrist.

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