Ex-cop sentenced for misconduct in false-report case

(The Times-Union)   A former Jacksonville police officer whose testimony helped convict his sergeant on false reports and official misconduct charges has disposed of his case by doing community service and serving two days on probation.

David Cervone, 33, was sentenced Monday by Circuit Judge Thomas Beverly.  He pleaded guilty to false reports in May.  He and his former sergeant, Marc Garza, 44, were arrested after another officer turned them in for crafting a bogus burglary report to cover up an illegal search of a West 26th Street house in August 2009.

Had Cervone’s charges gone to trial, he faced up to six years in prison.

The judge withheld adjudication Monday, meaning Cervone will not technically have a criminal record. Cervone resigned Oct. 6, authorities say.

Cervone’s sentencing order noted he had paid $2,500 in prosecution costs.

Garza is facing sentencing at the end of the month. He was convicted in January of false reports and official misconduct.


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