Once powerful SC lawmaker ordered to serve 18-month sentence

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina lawmaker who once ran one of the General Assembly’s most powerful committees is getting ready to head to prison for an 18 month sentence on corruption charges.

Seventy-year-old former Rep. Jim Harrison was ordered to report to prison Thursday to begin serving the sentence on a perjury charge.

He likely won’t serve the entire 18 months in prison because state law allows sentence reductions for good behavior.

Harrison will be the first lawmaker to go to prison in a Statehouse corruption probe that started in 2014 with the conviction of House Speaker Bobby Harrell for spending campaign money on personal expenses.

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