A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to two years in jail for lying under oath in a 2011 trial.
Marcellus Motton was a defendant in the case of People v. Motton and had not posed bail on August 22, 2011. He was placed under oath during a bond motion on his behalf and testified that he was an employee of Rockford Bolts and Metals. He also testified that he would be able to keep his job if he were to be released from jail.
Motton presented a letter from Juan Deijing from QPS Employment Group to Judge C. Robert Tobin III. According to the letter, Motton would be able to return to work the day after he was released from jail. Judge Tobin then granted Motton a recognizance bond.
However, a December 2011 investigation of jail tapes of conversations between Motton and Shenika Price found that the letter was fake. The tapes revealed Motton asking Price if she had printed out "the paper". Price replied that she had not and was in need of a QPS logo. Motton then instructed her to cut and paste the logo from the QPS website onto a Word document. Rockford Police Sergeant Bruno later learned that Motton had never been promised that he could return to work, no one named Juan Deijing worked at QPS, and the letter Motton presented had the wrong company name on it.
Motton pled guilty on June 29.
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