Sentencing in gambling ring that ensnared deputies
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:32:10 GMT — SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- The lawyer for a man sentenced to a year in prison for running a gambling operation says his client bought one Greenville County deputy a truck and paid for his children's church activities, and bought another deputy furniture for tips on when he was about to be busted. Izzat Khalil was facing more than two years behind bars, but a judge reduced his sentence Tuesday because of his cooperation. Prosecutors say Khalil ran an illegal lottery and sold pull tab tickets. Authorities seized nearly $200,000 of illegal profits. Khalil's lawyer did not name the deputies that his client paid off, but Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis says he fired Maj. Shea Smith and Sgt. David Hayes for their roles in the case. The criminal investigation into the gambling ring continues.
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