Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor today fired a second deputy who was convicted of perjury last month.
Rex McNicol, 48, was terminated during a meeting with Pastor, said deputy prosecutor Craig Adams, the sheriff’s legal advisor.
A Superior Court jury last month convicted McNicol and deputy Jeff Montgomery, 36, of first-degree perjury, a felony.
Pastor fired Montgomery last week. The two deputies had been on unpaid leave since being charged last year.
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 after their testimony at the pretrial hearing contradicted a report Montgomery wrote the night they arrested an Orting-area man on suspicion of illegally possessing a hunting rifle.
Montgomery wrote in a report on the arrest that the two deputies had gone into the man’s home to retrieve the gun. They later testified they did not go in the house that night.
The 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.