Cases of three others charged at same time as Metts remain open

The criminal cases of three other Lexington County men charged in state court at the same time as the federal charges came down against former Lexington County sheriff James Metts have not yet been settled.

“Charges are pending, and no hearings have been set,” J. Mark Powell, spokesman for Attorney General Alan Wilson said Tuesday.

Columbia area Mexican restaurant owner Greg Leon, former Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier and former South Congaree Police Chief Jason Amodio were indicted in June by a State Grand Jury.

Frazier, 46, and Leon, 47, are accused of bribing the sheriff. Amodio is accused of being bribed by Frazier to release seized illegal video gambling machines.

Frazier and Leon are accused of bribing the sheriff with cash in connection with a conspiracy to get illegal immigrants out of Metts’ jail so they could go back to work at Leon’s restaurants.

According to state indictments of Frazier and Leon, Metts took money and then intervened and circumvented the “required identification and processing of illegal aliens as required by law.”

No trial dates have been set.

Leon and Frazier were expected to be key witnesses in any trial of Metts.

Authorities have not spelled out if Amodio was connected to any of Metts’ dealings.