People praying at the site where Walter Scott was shot and killed in North Charleston, South Carolina.
People praying at the site where Walter Scott was shot and killed in North Charleston, South Carolina. Joe Raedle/Getty

From ABC News:

Former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager faces 19 to 24 years in prison for the deadly shooting of unarmed black man Walter Scott, according to sentencing guidelines announced by a judge this morning.

U.S. District Judge David Norton will announce the amount of time Slager will serve within that range later today. The former officer could have faced life in prison.

Video of Slager shooting Scott, 50, in the back as he was running away was shared widely in the aftermath of his death in 2015.

Slager was convicted of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice for giving false testimony. He initially pleaded not guilty to the murder charge last year, but his case ended in a mistrial. He then pleaded guilty to violating Scott's civil rights in a federal case, and prosecutors sought an underlying conviction for murder.