Ex-Lexington County Sheriff Metts’ name gone from buildings

Former Lexington County Sheriff James Metts walks outside federal court in Columbia last month. Lexington County Council voted this week to remove his name from the county jail and sheriff’s office. Metts, 68, pleaded guilty to a federal bribery conspiracy charge. Federal prosecutors said Metts took bribes from a restaurant owner in exchange for releasing some of his employees who had been detained for being in the country illegally.

LEXINGTON, S.C. — Former Lexington County Sheriff James Metts’ name has been removed from the county jail and sheriff’s office because he pleaded guilty to a federal bribery conspiracy charge.

Local media outlets report the Lexington County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to remove Metts’ name. A crew immediately went to work, even though it was dark.

Metts pleaded guilty to the felony last month in federal court and is awaiting sentencing. Prosecutors say Metts took bribes from a restaurant owner in exchange for releasing some of his employees who had been detained for being in the country illegally.

Mets was Lexington County sheriff for 42 years.

Legislators who represent the county will now decide if Metts’ name stays on a boat landing near his home.