Simpsonville mayor found guilty on 2 of 3 charges

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. — The mayor of Simpsonville was has been found guilty on charges of misconduct and obstruction of justice and will face probation.

Multiple media outlets report that 80-year-old Perry Eichor was convicted Tuesday on one count of misconduct in office and obstruction of justice in connection with his discussion of a pending case with a municipal court judge. Eichor was found not guilty of intimidation of a court official.

Prosecutors say Eichor used his elected position to impede a pending case in March 2014, in which a woman was charged with disorderly conduct after she placed a banner on a closed bridge. Prosecutor Lisa Bentley says Eichor had a closed-door meeting with a municipal court judge and the charges were later dropped.

It is unclear how long Eichor’s probation will be.

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Information from: The Greenville News, http://www.greenvillenews.com