South Carolina Ex-Trooper Pleads Guilty in Shooting of Unarmed Black Man

The Sept. 2014 shooting was caught on dash-cam video.

March 14, 2016, 4:08 PM

— -- A white former state trooper in South Carolina who was caught on video shooting an unarmed black man pleaded guilty today to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, the Associated Press reported.

Dash-cam video of the Sept. 2014 shooting shows Trooper Sean Groubert stopping Levar Jones at a convenience store for a seat belt violation, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

After Groubert asked for his license, Jones, 35, turned back toward his car and reached inside. Groubert then began shooting and yelling at Jones, "Get out of the car."

Jones, who was unarmed, was hit in the hip with a bullet, police said. He can be heard saying, "I just got my license. You said get my license."

Groubert was fired and arrested the same month of the shooting.

ABC affiliate WOLO-TV in Columbia reported that the judge accepted Groubert’s plea today and that he will be taken into custody until sentencing.

Groubert faces up to 20 years in prison, the AP said.

ABC News has reached out to Groubert’s attorney for comment.

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