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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former Cherokee County deputy has pleaded guilty to seizing illegal gambling machines and then selling them.

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that 37-year-old Michael Parker faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced at a later date.

Authorities say they discovered the scheme when Gaffney Police officers investigating a burglary found illegal gambling machines and the owners told detectives they bought them from Parker.

Sheriff Steve Mueller fired Parker in August 2012 after investigators told him about Parker's actions. Parker had been a deputy for 14 years.

Parker also faces a possible $250,000 fine along with the maximum 10-year prison sentence.

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