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4 defendants get probation, but no prison time in corruption scheme involving SC State

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CHARLESTON, South Carolina — A judge has given no prison time to four men sentenced for their roles in a kickback and corruption scheme at South Carolina State University.

Key informant Lance Wright, Tony Williams and Phillip Mims were each sentenced to three months in a halfway house and three years of probation on Tuesday in federal court. Former SC State Police Chief Michael Bartley was sentenced to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service.

The four men were involved in various schemes surrounding former board chairman Jonathan Pinson, who was sentenced earlier to five years in prison and is appealing. The schemes involved a Marion County diaper factory, a Columbia-area housing complex and SC State land.

The final defendant, Florida businessman Richard Zahn, is expected to be sentenced later.

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