- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida sheriff is facing perjury and misconduct charges related to his testimony in a hearing on deputy conduct.

The Ocala Star-Banner (https://goo.gl/ZdrKIi) reports that a grand jury handed down an indictment Thursday for Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair. Blair faces three felony counts. Each count carries up to five years in prison.

Court records show the grand jury had been investigating the conduct of Blair’s deputies and the possible use of excessive force. Blair had been subpoenaed to testify, and jurors found that Blair lied when he was questioned about injuries sustained by a suspect.

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Lauren Lettelier says Blair was booked into the county jail Friday afternoon and posted bond 40 minutes later.

It wasn’t clear if Blair had an attorney.


Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, https://www.starbanner.com/

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