COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Former South Congaree Police chief Jason Amodio appears headed for a deal for cooperating with prosecutors in connection with the ongoing probe into corruption in Lexington County.
According to federal court documents made public on Tuesday, Amodio agreed to plead guilty back in June to making false statements to a grand jury.
Amodio, who resigned from office a year earlier after a raid on South Congaree Town Hall, was originally accused of accepting payment in return for seized gaming machines while he was police chief.
Days after the federal indictment, court documents show Amodio signed the plea agreement. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson and U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles both signed off on the agreement.
The deal, if approved by a judge, would mean Amodio would avoid prison time and be sentenced to four years probation, with eight months of the term to be served in home confinement with electronic monitoring.
He faced up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 if convicted.
Amodio also agreed to plead guilty to common-law misconduct in office, a state charge in connection with ?Ex-Lexington County Sheriff James Metts' high-profile corruption case?. Former Lexington councilman Danny Frazier and restaurateur Gregorio Leon are accused of bribing Metts.
The state charge carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Any punishment for that crime would be served concurrently with his federal sentence.
Nettles filed a motion on Tuesday asking the court to depart from applicable sentencing guidelines in the federal case.
"Jason Amodio cooperated throughout the pendency of his case and is still cooperating," Nettles stated. "The Government believes that the defendant's assistance was substantial and will provide additional information at the time of sentencing."
Prosecutors allege Amodio lied to a grand jury in October 2012 while testifying as a witness in the ongoing federal investigation into illegal gambling, extortion, mail and wire fraud in Lexington County.
During grand jury questioning regarding whether or not he had taken bribes or kickbacks, Amodio was asked about his relationship with somebody who is only identified as "Person A."
Court documents show Amodio offered the following testimony: