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Former Tompkins deputy sentenced to jail for perjury

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Former Tompkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Zachary Starner was handed a 60-day jail term after being convicted of third-degree perjury.


The 36-year-old was arrested in February 2021 and placed on administrative leave for delivering false testimony under oath during a 2019 trial. His conviction occurred in a criminal trial this past March.

In addition to the jail term, Starner has been placed on a three-year probation.

Tompkins County District Attorney Matthew Van Houten told WENY-TV the incident was a “blemish on the integrity of our court system.”

After the conviction, Starner was discharged from the Sheriff’s Office and his police officer certification was reported to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services for permanent revocation.