State v. Gutierrez: Ms. Gutierrez was charged with two counts of forgery by the S.C. Department of Public Safety with a maximum term of imprisonment of 6 years. Ms. Gutierrez is a Permanent Resident (Green Card) of the United States and faced certain deportation if convicted of the crimes. Ms. Gutierrez has three US citizen children and removal from the United States would have been devastating.
A jury trial was held on December 10, 2013 and after the State’s presentation of their case, Kappel moved the court for a Directed Verdict. Kappel stated it would be inappropriate to submit the case to the jury because the documents admitted into the record and testimony elicited through cross-examination of the State’s four principal witnesses did not support a finding of guilt. The court agreed and entered a judgment of not guilty.
The South Carolina General Assembly elected Matt to the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission representing the 4th Congressional District. On May 22, 2012, South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond administered the oath of office. As Commissioner for the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, Matt participates in the implementation of statewide policy regarding the SC aviation system and state owned aircraft which includes a Beechcraft King Air 350 and a King Air C90.
On April 25, 2011, Angel Flight accepted its first mission for the Shriners Hospital for Children of Greenville, SC. In the early morning hours, Matt flew to Greenville, NC to pick up the Glisson family and bring them to Greenville, SC. The Glisson’s two year-old son suffered a stroke at birth which caused developmental complications. The Shriner’s Hospital planned to evaluate William for surgery to correct irregularities in the development of his feet. The event was featured on Fox Carolina News.