COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Three of the main characters in the saga involving Lexington County Sheriff James Metts will avoid prison time entirely.
Former Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier, restaurant owner Gregorio Leon, and former South Congaree Police Chief Jason Amodio were in court on Thursday.
Frazier was sentenced to probation on top of a $5,000 fine under two charges. Leon also received probation and 200 hours of community service. Amodio received 4 years probation with the first 8 months under home confinement with electronic monitoring on top of his federal sentence.
Frazier, according to the federal investigators, acted as the middleman between Metts and Leon in several transactions.
According to prosecutors, Leon called Frazier after undocumented immigrants working at the restaurant were arrested by the West Columbia Police Department.
The indictments show that Frazier contacted Metts and offered money given to him by Leon for help in the situation. Investigators believe Metts ordered duties to either release the immigrants or interfere with identifying them as undocumented.