- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A federal judge will sentence former Lexington County Sheriff James Metts on April 27 in a bribery and conspiracy case

A judge has already rejected a plea deal struck late last year that would have given Metts probation, but no time behind bars, for taking bribes from a restaurant owner in exchange for releasing some of his employees who had been detained for being in the country illegally. Metts could face prison time, and federal guidelines for the felony charge he pleaded guilty to call for five months to 16 months in prison.

The latest plea agreement Metts signed in December had no recommended sentence.

Metts was indicted in June. He was South Carolina’s longest serving sheriff at the time at 42 years.

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