News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2008

Okeechobee Man Sentenced on Perjury Charge

AUG 15 -- Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division and R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, announced that defendant Lance Christopher Jensen, of Okeechobee, FL, was sentenced on August 14, 2008, in federal court in Miami, on one count of perjury, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1623(a). Jensen had previously pled guilty on April 30, 2008, in connection with Jensen’s false testimony in November 2007 during the federal criminal prosecution of another Okeechobee defendant, Marshall Lee Mitchell.

According to statements in open court, on November 5, 2007, defense counsel for defendant Marshall Lee Mitchell called Jensen as a witness in support of a motion to suppress evidence obtained during a search of Mitchell’s apartment. Jensen had been a source of information in the search warrant. While testifying under oath at the suppression hearing, however, Jensen denied having spoken to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) Detectives, and denied having provided information concerning Mitchell’s possession and sale of cocaine from Mitchell’s apartment. Jensen was sentenced to 36 months in prison, to be served consecutive to a state prison sentence of 4 years that Jensen is currently serving. Under the United States Sentencing Guidelines, Jensen was sentenced as an accessory after the fact to Mitchell’s drug crimes, by reason of his perjury during the criminal case against Mitchell.

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the DEA and the OCSO for their work on both cases.

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