Senate approves measure removing former Sheriff James Metts' name from boat landing


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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — The South Carolina Senate has approved a resolution removing the name of former Lexington County Sheriff James Metts from a boat landing on the Saluda River.

Metts pleaded guilty to a federal bribery conspiracy charge last month and is awaiting sentencing. Prosecutors say Metts took bribes from a restaurant owner in exchange for releasing some of his employees who had been detained for being in the country illegally.

Mets was sheriff for 42 years

The move to remove his name from the boat landing comes after Lexington County Council last week voted to remove his name from the law enforcement complex.

A similar resolution on the boat landing is pending in the House.

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