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Ex-Secret Service Gets 5 Years for Plot of Kidnap Judge

Correction: The original story said that James Bartee pleaded guilty. He was actually convicted by a Oconee County jury in 2013. 
 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

James Bartee, a former Secret Service agent, wanted so much to be sheriff that he was allegedly was willing to pay an informant to kidnap a former judge who was going to challenge his credentials for the sheriff position, the Associated Press reports.

The 55-year-old, who spent more than two decades with the U.S. Secret Service, was running for Oconee County sheriff when authorities said he was concerned a former judge would reveal during a hearing that Bartee didn’t have the qualifications for the top law enforcement position.

Bartee ended up allegedly paying an informant to kidnap the former judge.

He was found guilty of solicitation to commit a felony and sentenced to five years in prison and five years of probation.

Ex-Secret Service Agent Comes Out Swinging in Race for Sheriff

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Apparently ex-Secret Service agent James Bartee learned a thing or two about fighting tough in politics while protecting politicians.

The Independent Mail in South Carolina reports that he came out swinging during a speech Monday before a Republican party forum, and questioned the moral fitness of his three opponents for sheriff in Oconee County, S.C.

Without naming names of his three opponents, the paper reported, he asked the crowd of about 200 if they wanted to elect someone who had been fired, had been accused of beating his wife, had fathered two illegitimate children, had been accused of stealing drugs or drug money, had been accused of being lazy on the job or of having conducted sexual affairs while on the job.