Senate passes measure removing former sheriff's name from boat landing

Published: Jan. 21, 2015 at 12:16 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 31, 2015 at 12:16 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Senate has approved a resolution removing the name of former Lexington County Sheriff James Metts from a boat landing on the Saluda River.

Metts pleaded guilty to a federal bribery conspiracy charge last month and is awaiting sentencing. Prosecutors say Metts took bribes from a restaurant owner in exchange for releasing some of his employees who had been detained for being in the country illegally.

Metts was sheriff for 42 years.

The move to remove his name from the boat landing comes after Lexington County Council last week voted to remove his name from the law enforcement complex.

A similar resolution on the boat landing is pending in the House.

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