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11/21/2012 1:06:00 PM
Two indicted on perjury charges

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

OTTAWA — A La Salle County grand jury has indicted two people for allegedly lying under oath at a recent DUI trial.

Randall L. Patterson, 44, of 1126 Peru St., Peru and Beth A. Craig, 41, of 126 South Cedar St., Toluca both were indicted Tuesday on a charge of perjury, a Class 3 felony carrying a possibly penalty of 2-5 years in prison.

Patterson was additionally indicted for subordination of perjury, a Class 4 felony carrying 1-3 years.

Both posted bond and were released from La Salle County Jail.

Perjury is often alleged, but rarely charged in La Salle County. The last known case was concluded earlier this year, when Richard B. Lewanski Jr., 20, of Sheridan pleaded guilty to providing a false alibi about a suspect in a 2010 residential burglary. Lewanski was sentenced to 2½ years’ probation.

“Allegations of perjury are not rare,” noted Todd Martin, chief deputy assistant La Salle County state’s attorney, “but the fact that we can prove it is rarer.”

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