White South Carolina restaurant manager sentenced to 10 years for forcing black intellectually disabled man to work more than 100 hours a week without pay


A white South Carolina man convicted of forcing a black man with intellectual disabilities to work at a restaurant for up to 18 hours a day without pay has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The Justice Department announced Wednesday that cafeteria manager Bobby Paul Edwards, 54, was sentenced to federal prison and mandated to pay nearly $273,000 in restitution to Christopher Smith.

The defendant pleaded guilty on June 4, 2018, to one count of forced labor.

The federal agency said in a statement that Edwards began managing the Conway, South Carolina, eatery where Smith worked in 2009.

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