Judge grants bond for former Greenville Co. sheriff Will Lewis

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LAURENS, S.C. (WSPA)–Former Sheriff Will Lewis will soon be released from prison–at least for now. A judge approving a request for his release during the appeal process. The judge setting bond at $50,000.

Attorney Rauch Wise appearing in Laurens County Court on his client’s behalf on Tuesday.

“I think this statute is definitely overly broad,” said Wise.

Wise explaining after court that his appeal focuses on what he calls a vague charge against former sheriff Will Lewis.

“That doesn’t get away from the basic premise that we had originally that it was a vague indictment and it’s a vague statute,” said Wise.

In court, Wise arguing an appeal could take longer than Lewis’ one year sentence.

“The state of South Carolina can never give him back that one year,” said Wise.

“What is the likelihood that Mr. Lewis is going to have a reversal in this matter,” asked 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett in court.

Brackett doesn’t think Lewis will win the appeal.

“It really would have only been preserved if the jury had convicted him of both, but since they only convicted him of one it’s really kind of mute,” said Brackett.

Upon release, Lewis will have to give up his passport, stay within the state, and not have any contact with Savanah Nabors. He could be out of prison before the end of the week.

“I would anticipate tomorrow afternoon or Thursday at the latest,” said Wise.

Even though Lewis himself wasn’t in the courtroom, a group of supporters including his wife and mother were.

“They know him well, they know that what he did in this case is what I have said repeatedly, is a bad judge of character,” said Wise.

Both attorneys and the judge agreeing that Lewis isn’t a flight risk and doesn’t pose a threat to the public.

“The danger to the community that he posed was while he was in office and he’s not in office anymore,” said Brackett.

Lewis is currently being held in North Carolina. He’ll have to be transferred back to Greenville to be processed before he can be released.


UPDATE: A judge granted former Greenville County sheriff Will Lewis a surety bond of $50,000.

In addition to the granted bond, Lewis was ordered to have no contact with Savanah Nabors and the judge said he will have to surrender his passport.

LIVE: Bond hearing happening now for former Greenville Co. sheriff Will Lewis – https://7.wspa.com/2qGIpEs

Posted by WSPA 7News on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Rauch Wise, the attorney for Will Lewis, confirmed that the former Greenville County sheriff will be in court Tuesday for a bond hearing.

Lewis has requested to be released on bond while his case is appealed.

He is currently serving his one-year prison sentence in North Carolina.

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