Former State Trooper Sean Groubert: `Please keep me out of jail`

Published: Nov. 2, 2015 at 5:26 AM EST|Updated: Aug. 16, 2017 at 2:37 PM EDT
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Morgan Groubert (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
Morgan Groubert (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - UPDATE: Ex-South Carolina State Trooper Sean Groubert was recently sentenced in this case.

The former South Carolina State Trooper fired after shooting an unarmed man in a gas station parking lot last year appeared in court Monday on an unrelated charge.

Court records show 32-year-old Sean Groubert was arrested for shoplifting from a Walmart in Columbia on Oct. 18, 2015. Records also show a woman, Morgan Groubert, was arrested for shoplifting on the same date. Both were released on bond after the incident.

They appeared in court Monday for a hearing for a judge to consider revoking Sean's bond.

"Please keep me out of jail," Groubert asked the judge, so he could continue to support his family by working as a truck driver. Groubert told the judge his wife is pregnant with their first child.

His defense attorney told the judge the merchandise Groubert is accused of stealing was food. According to prosecutors, the couple is accused of switching price tags on merchandise so that they purchased $135 worth of food for about $30.

Sean was already out on bond for an assault and battery charge stemming from the shooting at the Circle K on Broad River Road in August 2014. A trial date for that case has not yet been set. After the shoplifting charge the 5th Circuit Solicitor filed a motion to revoke Sean's bond.

Monday the motion to revoke bond was denied. But the judge modified the bond, ordering Groubert to remain under house arrest with exceptions for work, court, doctor or church.

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