Fmr. Upstate deputy sentenced on charges from 2018 domestic incident


SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – A former Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office deputy was sentenced after pleading guilty to second-degree domestic violence and cruelty to children last week.

According to court records, Gary Samuel Watson, Jr., pleaded guilty to those charges on April 22 and was sentenced to two years of probation and three years suspended to time served.

Watson’s charge of pointing and presenting a firearm was dismissed.

We reported back in July 2018 that Watson was arrested following a domestic incident, where he reportedly injured one victim’s neck and back and is accused of impeding their “breathing and air flow” in the presence of a minor.

Watson was also accused at the time of pointing a gun at a child and placing the child at “unreasonable risk of harm by impeding the breathing and air flow.”

Following the incident, the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office requested that the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigate.

Watson later resigned from the sheriff’s office.

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