Ex-SC State Trustee Guilty on 29 Counts

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former trustee at South Carolina State University has been found guilty of more than two dozen charges in a federal corruption case, including racketeering.

A jury in Columbia returned that verdict against Jonathan Pinson on Thursday.

He will be sentenced later and hung his head as the verdict was read.

Prosecutors accused Pinson of taking money by using his position with the university and skimming money from a low-income Columbia housing project and a Marion County diaper plant.

Pinson's attorneys say he never benefited from any of the deals. They also said several co-defendants exaggerated Pinson's role to authorities to avoid prison time.

The same jury also found Pinson's college friend and business partner Eric Robinson not guilty of all seven charges against him.


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