Allentown, Pennsylvania – David Norman Boyd, 27, of Allentown P.A., who was being sentenced for crashing his vehicle while intoxicated, told Judge Jennifer Sletvold that he was a Soldier and about to be deployed to Afghanistan.
Judge Sletvold then decided to give him a two to seven-day sentence so he could deploy. But when he couldn’t provide a copy of his deployment orders, his unit, nor the name of his commander to the Probation officer, his lie unraveled.
According to the Daily Call:
“I don’t know how he could possibly believe he could get away with it,” Senior Judge Leonard Zito said Friday as Boyd faced sentencing for perjury. “But you know, the sign said, ‘Thin ice,’ and Mr. Boyd skated right past it.”
For the felony to which he previously pleaded guilty, the 27-year-old Boyd will serve three to six months in Northampton County Prison and two years of probation, Zito decided. He’ll also have to do 100 hours of community service, preferably at a military billet or something similar, Zito said.
The sentence came as defense attorney Philip Lauer said his client has already spent 65 days in jail under the drunken-driving charge, given the 30-day to six-month sentence Sletvold handed him after his lies were discovered, and a probation violation that occurred after his release.
In March 2014, Boyd was facing a mandatory-minimum sentence of just two days in jail for first-offense drunken driving when he told his tale to Sletvold. But as his story unraveled, she vacated his original sentence and asked the district attorney’s office to investigate Boyd for perjury.
According to court records, Boyd crashed his car early Dec. 5, 2012, into a light pole at St. John and Madison streets on Easton’s South Side. The wreck snapped the pole and also damaged a street sign and a retaining wall, police said.
Lauer said that while his client didn’t serve overseas in several theatres, as he had claimed to Sletvold, Boyd was briefly a member of the Army. From July 2011 to May 2012, Boyd completed basic training and was undergoing individual training when he injured himself, leading to him being honorably discharged, Lauer said.
“I deeply regret even having this situation happen,” Boyd apologized to Zito. “I regret it to this day.”
I would love to know where his community service will be, not sure what installation is closest to where he lives. I haven’t pulled this guys record to know if what the Defense attorney said concerning the discharge is true or not.
I guess he thought the Judge wouldn’t want proof of his deployment? Well now he has a perjury charge, and goes to show it doesn’t pay to lie to the judge!