November 23, 2014
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) - A former South Lake Tahoe police officer has been sentenced to 18 months in prison on charges that he persuaded a gang member's girlfriend to conceal and destroy evidence.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says a judge issued the sentence against 45-year-old John Poland on Wednesday. Court documents portray Poland as being caught up in a love triangle with the girlfriend of a gang leader.
He was accused of encouraging the girlfriend in 2011 to destroy evidence sought under a federal grand jury subpoena.
Prosecutors say a few months later he tampered with that witness in an investigation into his own conduct as well as that of the gang member.
Poland was investigated by the FBI and arrested earlier this year. He pleaded guilty in May to multiple counts of witness tampering and obstruction
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