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Delay in sentencing for convicted ex-SC sheriff

Mar 17, 2011 5:42:00 PM - thestate.com
Sentencing will be delayed for another day for a former Lee County sheriff convicted of drug conspiracy and racketeering.

E.J. Melvin went to federal court Thursday to learn how much prison time he would get. The judge hearing the case said Melvin's sentence likely won't be handed down until Friday.

Prosecutors want Melvin sentenced to 30 years in prison, while the defense is calling for a three-year prison term. Defense attorney Jack Swerling has said Melvin is already being punished because he can no longer work as a law officer because of his conviction.

Melvin was convicted of taking what prosecutors said were years of kickbacks from drug dealers to keep them out of trouble. He was a state trooper for 15 years before his election in 2000.

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