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Sheriff fires Pierce County deputy convicted of perjury

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Oct. 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm with 1 Comment »
October 7, 2011 5:40 pm

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor this afternoon fired a deputy who was convicted last month of perjury.

Jeff Montgomery, 36, was terminated during a meeting with Pastor, said Craig Adams, the sheriff’s legal advisor.

A jury on Sept. 23 convicted Montgomery and colleague Rex McNicol of first-degree perjury. Jurors believed the men lied on the witness stand during a 2010 court hearing in the case of a convicted felon charged with illegally possessing a gun.

McNicol, 48, is scheduled to meet with Pastor next week. He, too, is expected to be fired.

Both men hired on with the Sheriff’s Department in 2006. It was Montgomery’s first law-enforcement job. McNicol joined the department after a long career in military law enforcement and working with other civilian law enforcement agencies.

They were charged with perjury, a felony, after their testimony at the pre-trial hearing contradicted a report Montgomery wrote the night they arrested an Orting-area man on suspicion of illegally possessing a hunting rifle.

That case later was thrown out.

Montgomery and McNicol are to be sentenced Oct. 28. They face a standard-range sentence of six months to a year in jail but qualify for first-time offender status, which could result in a sentence of zero to 90 days.


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  1. ItalianSpring says:

    Where are you cop haters?

    Oh I know. This only disproves your crap about the fantasy immunity that cops have and it wouldn’t help your cause of cop-hating. I’ll bet you even frowned when you read this story. Such ignoranuses you are.

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