Crime & Courts

Activities land trusty back in state prison

SPARTANBURG - South Carolina prison officials have returned an inmate back to state custody after a television station obtained pictures of him swimming and working unsupervised while he was a trusty at a county jail.

WSPA-TV reports that 61-year-old George Wise was sent to the Chester County jail to serve some of his 12-year prison sentence for felony driving under the influence in a 2003 crash that killed a Columbia woman.

While in jail, the former auditor helped the city of Chester with its finances.

But the TV station found Wise wasn't supervised as required by state prison rules while working at City Hall. He also took a dip in a city swimming pool while helping cook for a Chester event.

Officials sent Wise back to a state prison in January.

- The Associated Press

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