Former police chief honored 37 years after being killed in the line of duty

Robert Sexton/Photo provided by his family

The Florence County Town of Olanta honored the memory of its former police chief Robert Sexton during a special ceremony Tuesday evening.

The town unveiled a portrait of Sexton that will hang in the new town hall.

The 29-year-old Sexton was shot to death by a fellow officer on Main Street in Olanta in 1976.

The officer pled guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

He was released after serving less than a year behind bars, but is currently in federal prison for drug and gun crimes, according to officials.

Sexton's daughter, Stacey Watts, pushed for the town to honor her late father and was overwhelmed with joy that he was finally recognized.