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Ex-cop pleads guilty in bribery case connected to ex-sheriff

COLUMBIA (AP) — A former South Carolina police chief has pleaded guilty as part of a corruption case involving the state’s longest-serving sheriff.

Local media outlets report former South Congaree Chief Jason Amodio pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to a grand jury. He was sentenced to eight months of house arrest and four years of probation.

The sentence is part of a deal with federal investigators made days after the indictment of former Lexington County Sheriff James Metts. He’s awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to a federal bribery conspiracy charge.

Prosecutors say Metts took bribes from a restaurant owner in exchange for releasing some employees who had been detained for being in the country illegally.

Prosecutors say Amodio took bribes from the same former Lexington town councilman who was a go-between for Metts.

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