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Nearly 6 years for ex-SC court clerk in drug case

Dec 20, 2010 5:01:00 PM - thestate.com
The former court clerk for Spartanburg County has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison for taking drugs from an evidence lockup room and then selling them.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says Marcus Woodrow Kitchens was sentenced Monday in Greenville. Kitchens pleaded guilty in June to theft and conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine.

Kitchens resigned as Spartanburg County clerk of court after he was arrested in February. Federal authorities said he made a $3,000 payment to a man who he thought would find a buyer for the drugs. Agents say the middleman told the Drug Enforcement Administration where he got the drugs.

Kitchens had faced up to 20 years in prison.