Yet another South Carolina sheriff's career ends in shame

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Posted: Mar 25, 2015 8:23 PM
Yet another South Carolina sheriff's career ends in shame

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The eighth of nine South Carolina sheriffs charged or investigated for crimes in recent years has been sentenced to prison.

Former Williamsburg County Sheriff Michael Johnson was given two-and-a-half years Wednesday for creating false police reports to help a friend who ran a credit-repair business.

Nine sheriffs in the state's 46 counties have been charged or investigated since 2010. Seven have been convicted and one died as his investigation concluded. The ninth is awaiting trial.

Like most of those before him, Johnson was contrite during his sentencing hearing. He said knowing "that I failed so many people is heartbreaking."

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