Final co-defendant in fmr. sheriff's drug conspiracy case pleads - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The final co-defendant in the federal drug conspiracy case against former two-term Lee County Sheriff E.J. Melvin pleaded guilty to his charges Wednesday. Prosecutors arrested Melvin's barber last month and charged him with a supporting role in a four-year state and federal drug investigation.
Chris Peeples, the 14th person arrested in the case, pleaded guilty to a lesser conspiracy charge for a chance at a reduced sentence. Peeples has a prior drug conviction, which would have sent him to federal prison with a mandatory minimum of 20 years to a maximum of life if convicted. His testimony and full cooperation with prosecutors would likely reduce his sentence."