United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 34-year-old former Jacksonville police officer has been sentenced to 18 months in prison on a charge of making a false declaration before a federal court in the Eastern District of Texas. Larry M. Pugh was sentenced today by United States District Judge Michael Schneider.
According to evidence introduced by prosecutors at the guilty plea, Pugh testified on September 28, 2006, while pleading guilty to a federal charge of retaliation against a witness, that he was pleading guilty to the offense because he was, in fact, guilty. Thereafter, on June 12, 2007, Pugh testified in a civil suit brought against him by the woman against whom he had retaliated. In that testimony, Pugh admitted that he had pleaded guilty in the criminal case, but denied that it was because he was actually guilty.