Former SC deputy gets 9 months of probation for taking bribes

Published: Dec. 10, 2015 at 8:16 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 10, 2015 at 8:17 PM EST
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GREENVILLE, SC (AP) - A former Greenville County deputy shouldn't have to serve any time in prison after pleading guilty to taking bribes to protect an illegal gambling operator.
Media outlets report that 46-year-old Brandon Shea Smith pleaded guilty Thursday to misconduct in office. He was sentenced to a year in prison, but won't have to serve that time if he successfully finishes nine months of probation.
Smith admitted he was given cash and gifts from convicted gambling den operator Izzat Khalil over five years in exchange for tipping him off when raids would occur.
Khalil told authorities about the bribes to get a shorter prison term for himself.
Smith was in law enforcement for 20 years. His lawyer says he now works for a collision repair business.

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