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In dramatic court finale,Wigington sentenced to 15 years to serve five

Disgraced magistrate nearly collapses when sentence read in court


book in photo/Allen Wigington


On Thursday morning, May 27, former Pickens County Magistrate Judge Allen Wigington received a 15-year sentence, to serve five of those years incarcerated and the remaining 10 years on probation, plus paying restitution for his theft of taxpayer money.

The sentence appeared to shock the longtime county employee to the point that he had to steady himself on the defense table to keep from collapsing when it was read.

The sentence hearing, which was attended by a handful of family members, friends, and other members of the public, came about a month after Wigington pled guilty to crimes that date back to 2016. In total, he pled guilty to 44 felonies and five misdemeanors. 

        See full coverage of sentence hearing in this week's print or online editions.