Witness in handgun trial pleads guilty to perjury

Officials say witness had child with defendant but said she did not know him

April 28, 2010|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

A Laurel woman pleaded guilty Monday to giving false testimony to help the father of her child escape a conviction in a handgun case.

Lakishian Witherspoon, 33, of the 9200 block of Bridal Path Lane in Laurel pleaded guilty to perjury Wednesday over her July 2009 testimony, according to the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore.

Witherspoon had testified that she did not know Michael Jones, also known as Philip Jones, during his trial or how he was in possession of her vehicle, where the handgun had been found, a release from the state's attorney's office said.

But an investigation by the Baltimore State's Attorney's Firearms Investigation Violence Enforcement Division found Jones was listed as the father of Witherspoon's child on hospital records and that the two had an ongoing relationship, according to jail phone records, the release said.

Jones was charged as a prohibited felon in possession of handgun and faced a mandatory five-year sentence with no parole, the release said.

Witherspoon was sentenced to a five-year suspended sentence with three years of supervised probation, the release said.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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