Sam Jackson’s case transferred to SC Attorney General for prosecution, new bond hearing was held
Pelion, SC (Paul Kirby) – The case of the State of SC versus Samuel Jackson, Jr. has been transferred to the SC Attorney General’s office for prosecution. Jackson was charged earlier this year with Financial Transaction Card Fraud value more than $500 in a Six Month Period, five counts of Obtaining Signature or Property Under False Pretenses value $10,000 or more, and three counts of Forgery, value $10,000 or more.
According to Robert Kittle, spokesman for the SC Attorney General’s Office, this case was conflicted at the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office for several reasons. Because Jackson is a former Town of Pelion Council member, and because several employees of the Lexington County Solicitor’s Office are familiar with victim Frank Shumpert, who is the currently the mayor of Pelion, the AG’s office felt it best they prosecute the case.
According to Kittle, Jackson’s bond was initially denied. There was a bond reconsideration hearing on March 13th where his bond was set by Judge Addy. Kittle said that in SC Code 17-15-10, there is not an authorization for a “no bond” situation in a case that is not murder. Further, SC Constitution Article I Section 15 states that, “All persons shall be before conviction bailable by sufficient securities, but bail may be denied to persons charged with capital offense or offenses punishable by life imprisonment, or with violent offenses defined by the General Assembly …” Kittle continued by saying, “Financial transaction fraud, forgery, and obtaining goods charges are not authorized under SC law and the State Constitution to be subject to a “no bond” situation.” This required correction, and a new bail hearing was held to correct this issue.
According to the Lexington County Detention Center’s Inmate Search, Jackson is no longer being held there and hasn’t been for some time.