A former Orangeburg County coroner will avoid jail time, but must spend six months in home confinement and repay over $53,000 after pleading guilty to embezzling from a funeral home.
Jim Adcock pleaded guilty Friday to breach of trust involving more than $10,000, according to the Orangeburg Times & Democrat.
Judge Clifton Newman sentenced Adcock to 10 years in prison, suspended in favor of six months home confinement and two years probation. He must also repay $53,366 to the owners of Dukes-Harley Funeral Home. Newman said he gave Adcock a lighter sentence due to a heart attack the former coroner suffered in February
According to the report, Adcock apologized to the Hutto family in court Friday for his actions while serving as director of the funeral home they owned.
Adcock and the funeral home’s former bookkeeper Joan Sanders were charged last year for their roles in embezzling an estimated $200,000 over the previous 10 years. Sanders entered a guilty plea last December and was given a similar sentence, suspended in favor of 30 days in prison and five years’ probation.
Adcock served as Orangeburg County Coroner as a Democrat from 1984 to 1988 and again from 1990-1992.