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Ex-police chief gets probation in bribery case linked to S. Carolina's longest-serving sheriff

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — A former South Carolina police chief has been sentenced to probation as part of a corruption case involving the state's longest-serving sheriff.

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

Amodio made a deal with federal investigators days after the indictment of former Lexington County Sheriff James Metts, who is serving nearly a year in federal prison on a bribery conspiracy charge.

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

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

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