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Police informant admits to perjury
SCOTIA -- A paid police informant has pleaded guilty to two counts of perjury in a case where he tried to frame a local businessman for selling drugs.
James Slater, 22, admitted he planted crack cocaine at the Dabb City Smoke Shop in Scotia in an attempt to frame Donald Andrews, the store's owner. Andrews could have spent up to 25 years in jail if he had been convicted.
Slater lied under oath about the incident, but surveillance video showed what actually happened in the store. As a result of the case, the District Attorney's office is reviewing its use of paid informants as a result.