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Veteran BPD officer sentenced to 15 months in jail for perjury

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Posted at 9:41 AM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 09:59:43-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — A judge has sentenced a 19-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department to 15 months in jail.

On Wednesday, officer Michael O'Sullivan was found guilty of perjury and misconduct in office stemming from a gun arrest in May 2018.

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In that case, O'Sullivan testified under oath at trial that he saw Yusuf Smith reach for his waistline and throw a gun before he ran away from police.

Smith was ultimately convicted in June 2018 and served 38 days behind bars based off O'Sullivan's testimony.

The State's Attorney's Office later threw out the conviction after reviewing body worn camera footage that disputed O'Sullivan's account.

It was found that when officer's first encountered Smith in the 5600 block of The Alameda, the gun was already on the ground when they began chasing him, but they didn't actually see him throw the weapon.

O'Sullivan was ordered to turn himself in and begin his sentence by January 6, 2020, over the State's objection to have him jailed earlier.

At last check, O'Sullivan was suspended with pay. Following the conviction, his current status is unclear.