Inmate testified he had the time of his life while locked up in Chesterfield County
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:07:18 GMT —
A former inmate at the Chesterfield County Detention Center testified Thursday in the trial of suspended Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker.
He's charged with Misconduct In Office, Embezzlement, and Furnishing Contraband To Inmates.
Parker is accused of giving too many perks to Michael Lee and another inmate.
Lee was serving part of his 15-year prison sentence at the Chesterfield County Detention Center.
The SC Department of Corrections approved Lee to be housed at the facility.
Lee told the jury he got to have conjugal visits with his girlfriend, go shopping, eat at restaurants, drive deputy patrol cars and have access to the internet.
He also said the sheriff allowed him to move into the county armory with another inmate, William Skipper .
Lee told the jury he had parties there and drank alcohol.
Parker's attorneys called Lee a liar, saying he made up the whole story because Parker sent him back to state prison.
Parker's lawyers added his actions weren't criminal, and he's being singled out by overzealous prosecutors.
The prosecution could wrap up its case Friday, with Parker's attorneys calling their first witness Monday.
It is unclear if Parker will take the stand in his own defense.
Parker believes he'll be acquitted.
If that happens, he'll ask Governor Nikki Haley to reinstate him as Sheriff of Chesterfield County.