Former Spartanburg County Clerk of Court Marc Kitchens was sentenced in federal court in Greenville to five years, 10 months in federal prison followed by three years probation. His lawyer Beatty Ashmore spoke briefly for him after this afternoon’s proceedings and told the media that he has asked for a prison sentence reduction.
In June, Kitchens pleaded guilty to stealing methamphetamine and cocaine from the evidence vault at the courthouse and then conspiring to sell the drugs. Kitchens and a Spartanburg real estate developer named Terry Lanford, got money from the sale of drugs to a trafficker based in Florida. Documents revealed that the buyer was actually a confidential informant to the DEA.
The confidential source told investigators that Lanford told him that the narcotics were taken directly from an unidentified law enforcement agency’s evidence locker and that the narcotics were still packaged in what appeared to be an unidentified law enforcement agency’s evidence bag.
Kitchens faced up to 20 years in prison.