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Viers Pleads Guilty, Receives Sentence



Former S.C. Rep. Thad Viers has pleaded guilty to harassing his former girlfriend – barbecue heiress Candace Bessinger – although a stalking charge against the ex-lawmaker has been dropped.

Facing a year behind bars, Viers was instead sentenced to sixty days in prison – a sentence he will serve on weekends.

Viers was a leading Republican candidate for South Carolina’s seventh congressional district before his troubles with Bessinger – receiving the endorsement of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.  He dropped out of the race, though, and resigned his House seat prior to being indicted on charges related to his toxic relationship.

News of Viers’ plea and sentencing was first reported (well, tweeted) by WIS TV’s Jody Barr.

Let’s hope both Viers and Bessinger are able to move on with their lives now …