Andy Savage "grateful" for Michael Slager prison placement, vows to keep fighting sentence

Attorney Andy Savage (File)

Andy Savage, defense attorney for ex-North Charleston Police officer Michael Slager, has weighed in on Slager's placement in a low-security Colorado prison.

Slager has been transferred to Englewood Federal Correctional Institution in Littleton, Colorado, to begin his 20 year prison sentence for shooting and killing Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, during a confrontation following a traffic stop in 2015.

Savage has already filed an appeal on Slager's behalf, in an effort to have Slager's prison sentence reduced, which Savage argued for prior to Slager's sentencing.

"We will continue to work to reduce the excessive sentence that stands in stark contrast to the findings of the state jury and the court’s own pre-sentence investigation," Savage said in a statement to ABC News.

According to Savage, Slager's placement in a prison so far from South Carolina presents "significant challenges" for Slager's family regarding visitation, but Savage says he's "nonetheless grateful" for the placement.

"I am particularly concerned for his three children," Savage said in a prepared statement. "Phone calls and letters do not substitute for the presence of Dad even for short, restricted visits when parents are confined."

Savage says Slager was assigned to a prison outside the Southeast because of the high profile nature of his case.

"While no prison is a pleasant place to be, we are grateful for that he received the designation that he did as Englewood has a reputation or a safe environment that so many other prisons do not," said Savage.

Englewood also houses Jared Fogle, the former Subway spokesman who was sentenced to prison on child pornography charges in 2015.

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