PERJURY

HANS J. HELLER, 30, was sentenced to 2.5 to five years in prison May 24 for perjury, but District Judge Thomas W. Rumpke suspended that sentence in favor of an 18-day split sentence in county jail (credit for three days served) and then three years of supervised probation. Heller also was fined $1,060. Rumpke also ordered him to get his GED. When a Campbell County sheriff’s deputy stopped Heller on Aug. 18, Heller said his name was Scotty Knight but used his own birth date. The deputy contacted dispatch, which said there was an active Campbell County warrant for Knight for failure to pay on a criminal trespass charge. Although the birthday Heller provided wasn’t Knight’s, the deputy thought he had lied to avoid being arrested on the warrant. Even after the deputy told Heller about Knight’s active warrant, Heller continued the impersonation and went to jail, where he signed documents with Knight’s name. Two days later, he appeared before Circuit Court Judge Paul S. Phillips and swore under oath that he was Knight. Phillips, thinking he was Knight, sentenced him to two days in jail — which he had just served after the traffic stop — and reimposed fines for Knight’s criminal trespass charge. Heller was then released from jail as Knight. A few days later, a deputy was looking through the list of inmates who had been recently released from jail when he noticed that the photo attached to Knight’s name was of Heller, according to court documents.

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