Former S. Congaree Police Chief Makes Plea Deal

Former South Congaree Police Chief Jason Amodio

(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 plea 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.

Amodio also agreed to plead guilty to common-law misconduct in office. Any punishment for that crime would be served concurrently with his federal sentence.

He faced up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 if convicted.

Nettles filed a motion on Tuesday asking the court to depart from applicable sentencing guidelines in the 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.”

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