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Calhoun Falls councilman must resign after entering plea deal

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A 2013 mugshot of Charlie Tillman (Abbeville County Detention Center) A 2013 mugshot of Charlie Tillman (Abbeville County Detention Center)
ABBEVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Calhoun Falls councilman Charlie Tillman pleaded guilty to driving under the influence on Wednesday.

According to J. Mark Powell with the South Carolina Attorney General's Office, Tillman was sentenced to 48 hours of community service in the DUI case.

Additionally, Powell said Tillman offered an Alford Plea to the felony charge of threatening the life of a public official and was sentenced to 5 years in prison, suspended to 1-year probation.

But Tillman's probation will be dismissed once he completes his community service, Powell said.

He said because threatening the life of a public official is a felony, Tillman must resign from public office.

Tillman was arrested in April 2013 by police. The police report said that he failed a field sobriety test, and a search of his vehicle revealed a silver flask with alcohol inside and a cooler with six bottles of beer in the back seat.

Police said that while on the way to jail, Tillman cursed at the officer and made several racist comments. They said Tillman also made a threat to the life of the officer.

An Alford Plea is a guilty plea in which the defendant does not admit guilt.

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