Four sentenced to probation in SC State corruption case

Four sentenced to probation in SC State corruption case
Published: Jul. 21, 2015 at 4:41 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2015 at 7:07 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A judge sentenced four men Tuesday in connection with a kickback scheme at South Carolina State University prosecutors say was masterminded by the school's former board chairman.

U.S. District Judge David Norton sentenced Lance Wright, Robert Tony Williams and Phillip Mims to three years probation and three months in halfway houses for their roles in the scheme.

Norton also sentenced former SC State Police Chief Michael Bartley to three years of probation, and ordered Bartley to perform 100 hours of community service.

"You sold 30 years of your integrity so cheaply," Norton said, referring to Bartley's law enforcement experience.

Bartley was offered $30,000 and an ATV in exchange for being part of the scheme, prosecutors say.

All four men took responsibility and cooperated with the government in the investigation. Bartley testified against former SC State Board chairman Jonathan Pinson, but prosecutors did not call Wright to testify.

Pinson was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison, but is appealing.

The four defendants each faced up to 33 months in prison.

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