Former Bamberg County councilman Trent Kinard pleads guilty to lying on gun form


ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — A former county council member in South Carolina facing charges he sexually abusing girls has pleaded guilty to trying to buy a gun while under felony indictment.

Ex-Bamberg County Councilman Kerry Trent Kinard pleaded guilty Thursday to to a federal charge of lying on a document in an effort to purchase a firearm, The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reported.

Kinard, 49, will be sentenced at a later date. He remains in jail awaiting trial for several criminal sexual conduct counts and other charges involving underage victims, authorities said.

Kinard was out on bond on those charges on Dec. 3 when he attempted to purchase a gun at a Columbia store, prosecutors said.

Kinard said he wasn’t under indictment for a felony when filling out a form to buy the weapon, authorities said.

Kinard faces up to 10 years in prison on the federal charge and up to life in prison for the pending sexual assault charges.

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