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Ex-Lexington sheriff asks for no prison time at sentencing

By MEG KINNARD
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A man who was once South Carolina's longest serving sheriff should soon find out if he has to spend time behind bars.

A federal judge is scheduled to sentence 68-year-old James Metts on Monday morning on a federal bribery conspiracy charge. Metts admitted he kept employees of a friend's restaurant who were arrested on traffic charges from undergoing federal background checks that would find they were in the country illegally.

Metts' lawyers say his sentence shouldn't include any prison time because it was only two months of bad behavior in a 42-year career. They also cite his decades of public service, his age and his poor health.

A judge already rejected a plea deal last year that had no prison time.

Federal guidelines call for a 10-month to 16-month sentence.

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