Jail time ordered for Lima woman who lied on witness stand


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



THE LAW

“No person, in any official proceeding, shall knowingly make a false statement under oath or affirmation, or knowingly swear or affirm the truth of a false statement previously made, when either statement is material. … Where contradictory statements relating to the same material fact are made by the offender under oath or affirmation and within the period of the statute of limitations for perjury, it is not necessary for the prosecution to prove which statement was false, but only that one or the other was false.”

Ohio Revised Code’s definition of perjury

LIMA — A Lima woman who prosecutors say lied on the witness stand during a March jury trial in Allen County Common Pleas Court had her own day in court Tuesday.

Tavionna Hall was sentenced to 90 days in the county jail, two years on probation and was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service on a third-degree felony charge of perjury after pleading guilty last month.

Hall, 23, is alleged to have deliberately lied to jurors during testimony she gave in the trial of Deandre Baskin, her former boyfriend and the father of one of her children.

Baskin, 46, was convicted by a jury March 6 on charges of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; abduction, a third-degree felony; domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, and violating a protection order, a fifth-degree felony. He will be sentenced April 18.

According to court documents, Hall returned from work to her home at 824 N. Metcalf St., Lima, on the evening of Dec. 3. When she went upstairs, she found a closet door closed, which she told police was out of the ordinary. As she went to examine the closet, Baskin reportedly opened the closet door and struck Hall in the eye. A scuffle continued, and Hall suffered a cut on her leg before she was able to escape from Baskin, according to court records.

During the trial, Hall lied about various facts in the case that were easily provable, prosecutors said.

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By J Swygart

jswygart@limanews.com

THE LAW

“No person, in any official proceeding, shall knowingly make a false statement under oath or affirmation, or knowingly swear or affirm the truth of a false statement previously made, when either statement is material. … Where contradictory statements relating to the same material fact are made by the offender under oath or affirmation and within the period of the statute of limitations for perjury, it is not necessary for the prosecution to prove which statement was false, but only that one or the other was false.”

Ohio Revised Code’s definition of perjury

Reach J Swygart at 567-242-0464.

Reach J Swygart at 567-242-0464.

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