Former Deputy Sentenced To Time In Jail

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Former Gila County Sheriff's Deputy Larry Marrs has been sentenced to 30 days in jail, three years of probation and 200 hours of community service after pleading guilty to false swearing, a class six felony.

Marrs was sentenced June 4 in Gila Country Superior Court by Judge Edward Dawson.

Also as part of the sentence, Marrs must undergo counseling.

Original charges against the former deputy perjury and making a false sworn statement were filed last spring after Gila County Sheriffs investigators uncovered evidence that Marrs had lied on his resume and while giving sworn testimony in court.

A month ago, Marrs agreed to a plea agreement with the county attorney's office that would allow him to plead guilty to one charge of making a false sworn statement.

The agreement also called for the dismissal of two counts of perjury brought against him.

After Marrs resigned as a deputy more than a year ago, sheriff's investigators forwarded the perjury and falsification allegations to the Police Officers Standard and Training Board, the agency that oversees officer conduct.

According to POST spokesman Larry Mann, the board will now hold a hearing in which it has the power to suspend or revoke his law enforcement certification.

With Marrs' guilty plea, Mann said, some type of discipline is almost a certainty.

The former deputy's career began to crumble last spring when the sheriff's department launched a two-month investigation into claims that he was a college graduate, a former Navy Seal and a county SWAT team member.

The investigation, conducted by Sgt. Tom Rasmussen of the Gila County Sheriff's Department, concluded that Marrs' claims were untrue.

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