JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A former Jackson County sheriff's lieutenant was sentenced Monday on a perjury charge in connection with testimony he gave in the investigation into former Sheriff Mike Byrd.
Ken McClenic was sentenced to three years in prison, but the judge suspended three years, leaving two years of probation, according to his attorney Calvin Taylor. Taylor said McClenic will also have to pay a $1,000 fine.
Taylor told WLOX News McClenic entered an Alford plea in the case earlier this year. An Alford plea is a guilty plea, but one where the defendant does not technically admit to the act, but admits that prosecution could likely prove a charge.
The charge stems from testimony McClenic gave in the case against Byrd. McClenic told a grand jury Byrd forced him to sign an affidavit and obtain a warrant against a man in a murder investigation stemming from 2007. McClenic told the jury he did not believe that man committed the crime. The indictment against McClenic said he testified during a local trial that Byrd had not pressured him into signing anything.