Crime Mugshot of convicted Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis released

02:40  28 october  2019
02:40  28 october  2019 Source:   wyff4.com

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(Video above: Judge reads sentence)

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The SC Department of Corrections released a mugshot Sunday of convicted Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis.

Convicted Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis was led away from the courtroom in handcuffs Friday morning after he was sentenced to one year in prison.

Judge G. Thomas Cooper Jr. sentenced Lewis to the maximum sentence for the charge of misconduct of a public officer.

“My sentence unfortunately for you is going to give you a lot of time to think about this. Put into perspective your life with your family, your community, your God. I’d advise you not to squander or waste that time,” Cooper said.

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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.

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

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.

A jury found Lewis guilty late Thursday. It was a split verdict. Jurors found Lewis not guilty of misconduct that involves not doing a public job properly.

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The charges stem from a 2017 budget trip to Charlotte during which Lewis had sex with his assistant, Savanah Nabors. Lewis testified the sex was consensual. Nabors testified that after a night of drinking, the two went back to her hotel room and she woke up with Lewis having sex with her. Nabors filed a civil lawsuit against Lewis in October 2017. A settlement was reached in October 2018. Nabors was paid nearly $100,000 from a state insurance fund in May.

Lewis spoke during his sentencing hearing and told the judge his integrity was tarnished and he was remorseful.

He said the affair humbled him and allowed him to become a better man and a better husband. His wife of 20 years, Amy Lewis, sat at the defense table through the whole trial.

"I asked that you give me an opportunity for a home incarceration so I can try and keep my family together," Lewis said.

Watch his full comments to the judge below:

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Amy Lewis also spoke during the sentencing hearing.

"He is the love of my life. I am sorry for the behavior he displayed. It doesn’t make any sense," Amy Lewis said. "But I know who the enemy is. The enemy is not this man standing before the court today. The enemy is much, much greater. And he has the capability residing in any one of us who separate ourselves from the Lord.”

Watch her full comments below:

Nabors spoke with WYFF News 4 before and after the sentencing.

"I just want to say no matter what the time, it never would have been enough to right all his wrongs," Nabors said. "It’s not about the time. It’s about the fact that he’ll never be able to be in a position of power to do this again, and I hope that other women will find the courage to come forward."

Below are her comments after the sentencing:

Below are her comments before the sentencing.

Solicitor Kevin Brackett said Lewis’ misconduct was “brazen, naked corruption” and his evasive answers and convenient memory lapses about key details that might be harmful or humiliating show he remains arrogant and cocky.

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“He has no insight into his own personal failings. His wasn’t an isolated incident. This is who he is. I don’t think he’s capable of change,” Brackett said.

  • Watch: Prosecutor Kevin Brackett speaks after sentencing

Lewis’ lawyer, Rauch Wise, said the power and influence of being sheriff went to Lewis’ head.

“Too big for his britches. I think that’s a fair representation of what happened,” Wise said.

  • Watch:Lewis' defense attorney speaks after sentencing

For a recap of the courtroom testimony click on the links below:

  • Day 4
  • Day 3
  • Day 2
  • Day 1

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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