The Latest: SC sheriff gets maximum of 1 year for misconduct

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a suspended South Carolina sheriff on trial (all times local):

11:10 a.m.

A former South Carolina sheriff has been sentenced to the maximum of a year in prison on a misconduct charge for using his power and office to push a personal assistant into having sex with him.

Judge G. Thomas Cooper told Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis on Friday not to squander the time he will spend behind bars and to think about what he did and what he can do to keep turning around his life.

Solicitor Kevin Brackett asked for the maximum sentence. Brackett says Lewis is arrogant and cocky and has no insight on his personal failings.

Lewis and his wife both asked for home confinement. Lewis says he’s scared of going to prison.

The Thursday conviction automatically removed Lewis as sheriff.

Lewis is the ninth sheriff in South Carolina convicted of crimes in office in the past decade. Five of them have received jail time.

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7 a.m.

A South Carolina sheriff found guilty of misconduct for using his power and office to push a personal assistant to have sex with him faces up to a year in jail and will lose his job.

Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis will learn his sentence Friday morning, about 12 hours after a jury found him guilty of one misconduct charge, but not guilty of another.

Lewis is the ninth sheriff in South Carolina convicted of crimes in office in the past decade. Two others are awaiting trials.

Prosecutors say Lewis hired a 22-year-old personal assistant after his 2016 election, paying her $62,000 a year when some starting deputies make just $30,000, then arranged an out-of-town meeting to try to have sex with her away from his wife and children.

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