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Lying to police leads to jail time
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A man who lost his money during a drug deal gone bad and then told police he had been robbed will serve 90 days for his dishonesty.The man, Barry Harold Austin, 54, entered a guilty plea before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to the charge of giving a false report to an officer. He was directed to serve 90 days of a two-year sentence and must pay $1,000 plus court costs. He will be allowed to attend the adult recovery program, which is an intensive rehabilitation program overseen by the court.His charges come after he called police to report he had been robbed in a parking lot off South Chancery Street.“In his statement he gave to responding officers, he stated that during a chance meeting with two people, one of which was known to him as Keith, he was robbed at knife-point of an unspecified amount of money,” said McMinnville police detective Tony Jenkins in his warrant against Austin.The suspect went on to tell police he suffered a cut on his hand during the robbery.