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Sheriff sentenced to one year in prison for misconduct of a public officer

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    Greensville (WYFF) — Convicted Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis was sentenced to one year in prison Friday after a jury found him guilty of misconduct of a public officer.

Lewis’ attorney has 10 days from the sentencing day to file an appeal.

Lewis arrived at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia Friday afternoon, according to South Carolina Department of Corrections spokeswoman Chrysti Shain. His mugshot was released Sunday.

All inmates are taken to that facility for an initial evaluation. She said the mental and medical evaluation process could take up to 45 days.

“We will take every precaution to ensure his safety,” Shain said.

Shortly after the sentencing Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order permanently removing Lewis from the office of sheriff.

Johnny Mack Brown will remain the interim sheriff until a special election is held, the order said.

The Greenville County Elections Commission said the filing period will begin Nov. 15 and continue through Nov. 23 at noon.

The primary election will be held Jan. 7.

If a run-off is needed to determine the candidate for a particular political party, that run-off is scheduled for Jan. 21.

A petition candidate would have to submit a petition of 10,000 valid signatures to the Greenville County Voter Registration and Elections office no later than noon, Jan. 9.

The special election will be held March 10.

The regular election for Sheriff of Greenville County will be held Nov. 3., 2020.

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