A Charlotte man faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty on Tuesday to lying under oath during a federal drug trial.
Jucorey Deonte Pruitt, 25, admitted to committing perjury at the 2012 trial of DeMorius Lamar Anderson. Pruitt was a government witness who agreed to testify about Anderson’s involvement in a drug conspiracy, court records show.
To help Anderson, Pruitt denied knowledge of Anderson’s role in the conspiracy, prosecutors said. Pruitt’s assertions contradicted what he’d previously told authorities, according to court records.
On jail house recordings, Pruitt admitted later that evening that he lied to federal agents at the trial.
Anderson was eventually convicted by a jury and was sentenced to at least 37 years in prison.
“Pruitt chose to lie on the witness stand to protect one of his criminal associates,” U.S. Attorney Jill Rose said in a news release. “Despite Pruitt’s false testimony, the defendant was convicted by a jury and is serving a lengthy prison term. Now it’s Pruitt’s turn to sit in the defendant’s chair for lying under oath.
“Perjury tarnishes our justice system and jeopardizes the integrity of judicial proceedings,” Rose said. “Liars do not belong in the courtroom.”
The perjury charge also carries a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has yet to be set.