Judge accepts guilty plea from ex-South Congaree police chief

Judge accepts guilty plea from ex-South Congaree police chief

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A federal court judge has accepted a guilty plea from the former South Congaree police chief who was wrapped up in a larger corruption investigation.

Jason Amodio will serve eight months of home confinement and four years probation as part of a plea deal negotiated with federal investigators.

The maximum sentence Amodio could have received for the charge was 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. As part of the agreement, Amodio must pay restitution and help prosecutors with future criminal investigations.

Amodio pleaded guilty to the charge of lying to a grand jury. Amodio, who resigned as police chief of South Congaree in 2013, agreed to a plea deal with federal and state prosecutors just days after Metts' indictment. It recently became available to the public after being filed in federal court in February.

Under the terms of the agreement, Amodio would admit that he lied to a grand jury back in 2012. At the time of Metts' indictment, prosecutors argued Amodio had accepted money from former Lexington town councilman Danny Frazier in exchange for the release of illegal gambling machines taken in by the department.

According to court documents federal prosecutors argued that Amodio lied to the grand jury regarding a payment of $9,000 he received. The former chief claimed at the time that he had received the funds as a loan to purchase a truck.

Amodio had no comment for the media as he left the courthouse. He will be officially sentenced in two months.

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