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.