LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles Police Department officer has been convicted for lying under oath during a 2008 cocaine possession case.
The District Attorney's Office said Thursday that jurors deliberated for less than a day before finding 40-year-old Manuel Ortiz guilty of one count each of conspiracy and perjury.
He's scheduled to be sentenced April 9 when he faces up to three years and eight months in jail.
Ortiz was charged along with two other officers. The three were accused of lying about where and how the cocaine was recovered.
The drug possession case was dismissed after footage from the apartment building's security camera contradicted the sworn testimony of the officers.
Former LAPD officers Evan Samuel and Richard Amio were both found guilty of conspiracy and perjury charges at trial in 2012.
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