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Video: Ludwig Sentenced to Time Served in CDV Case

Former Greenville businessman John Ludwig pleaded guilty Monday in court to first-degree criminal domestic violence.

Former Greenville businessman John Ludwig pleaded guilty Monday to first offense criminal domestic violence on the same day he was to appear before a judge for a bench trial. 

Ludwig, 40, was arrested in November of 2011 when he allegedly threatened and struck his wife, Shannon. He already had a previous criminal domestic violence conviction in 2010 from a previous marriage, but was allowed to plead guilty to another first offense CDV as part of a plea deal offered by the Attorney General's Office. 

In January 2012, he was sentenced to three years in prison after a judge said he violated his probation as part of a guilty plea to reckless homicide after driving his car through a field and into Frederic Bardsley's home, killing the 62-year-old homeowner as he sat watching television in 2009.

Ludwig was sentenced to time already served in the domestic violence case. He is eligible for parole next month. He has served 396 days of his sentence so far, and would be released in July should he not be granted parole. 

Ludwig's attorney, Kim Varner, said his client will likely be put on medication for personality disorders once released. 

Ludwig's fines of up to $2,500 will be suspended in the case, if he completes counseling scheduled by family court. 

Watch Patch.com's video coverage of Monday's court proceedings. 

FlorencePS February 11, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Well said, Christine.
jack February 12, 2013 at 01:52 AM
THIS JUST PROVES THAT WE HAVE THE BEST CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM THAT MONEY CAN BUY!
David February 12, 2013 at 06:28 PM
80% of all criminal cases result in a plea bargain for the indigent as well the priviliged. We can not afford a judicial system that tried 100% of all criminal defendants.
David February 12, 2013 at 08:00 PM
I am at court all the time and you must realize that solicitors are elected and judges are elected by the state legislature. They tend to be harder on sentencing white males than other groups to be sure to not show bias. As far as referenced stats you may do your own research.
Ben Therinbach February 12, 2013 at 08:59 PM
O.K., David, to be "harder on sentencing white males" IS showing BIAS!! Except with this kind of practice it is no longer bias, but PREJUDICE!! I've spent a lot of time in court, too, and it raises my hackles to hear lawyer boast about the "best legal system in the world!" The prejudice against white Southern males has gone on since 1865!!

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