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Tahoe cop pleads to witness tampering
5:13 PM, May 22, 2013 | 4 comments
SACRAMENTO, CA – A South Lake Tahoe police officer has reached a plea deal in a case accusing him of witness tampering and obstruction of justice.
John Gerald Poland, 44, was accused of persuading two witnesses to conceal and destroy evidence in law enforcement investigations into a South Lake Tahoe gang member and his own conduct. Poland’s “interference” occurred in June, October and November 2011, according to court documents.
Poland pled guilty to one count of witness tampering. He could get up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 7, says the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California.
When asked for comment about the plea, Poland referred to his lawyer.
“He is happy to get this behind him. his life has been hectic and filled with a lot of controversy,” said Poland’s defense attorney Mike Reichel.
The South Lake Tahoe Police Department is moving forward with firing Poland, who has been on unpaid leave.