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State Says Impostor Testified as Prison Inmate in Brutality Hearing

November 20, 1991

CROSS CITY, Fla. (AP) _ A police chief and a state correctional officer have been arrested on charges of arranging for an impostor to take an inmate’s place at a hearing on prison brutality charges.

The man impersonated a prisoner who had brought brutality allegations against the corrections officer and testified under oath that the beating never took place.

Cross City Police Chief Tommy Lee Carter, 46, and Department of Corrections Lt. David Leslie Sanders, 35, were arrested Tuesday in this town 60 miles west of Gainesville.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents accused them each of one count of conspiracy to commit perjury and three counts of paying another person to commit perjury, said department spokesman John Joyce.

The charges involve decertification hearings involving allegations that Sanders beat an inmate at Madison County Correctional Institution in 1988, Attorney General Bob Butterworth’s office said.

The department is responsible for decertifying law officers who violate standards.

The impostor, who was not identified, was a burglary suspect. The state alleged that Sanders and Carter got him out of jail by paying the victim of the burglary to drop the charges.

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