Sean Groubert Pleads Guilty To Shooting Unarmed Black Man
Remember that shocking video of the white cop shooting unarmed Levar Edward Jones who followed instructions to give the officer his license?
Well the state trooper behind the senseless violence has pled guilty to assault and battery charges.
A white former South Carolina state trooper has pleaded guilty in the shooting of an unarmed black man.
Sean Groubert, 32, pleaded guilty to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature Monday for the 2014 shooting and could spend up to 20 years in prison, WLTX reports. Groubert said he was going to question Levar Jones about not wearing a seat belt but the confrontation quickly escalated to the shooting.
Dashcam video of the incident was key to the case. In the video, Groubert pulls into a store parking lot behind Jones. Jones is already getting out of his car to go in the store as Groubert pulls in behind him. Groubert gets out of his vehicle and asks Jones for his license. But when Jones reaches into his car to get the license, Groubert yells at him to get out of the car and then opens fire. He shot four times, and one hit Jones in the hip.
“Why did you shoot me?” Jones can be heard saying in the video.
Groubert has been fired and he’s facing up to 20 years in jail.