McMinn Man Sentenced to Three Years After Extortion and Perjury Conviction
A judge in McMinn County has sentenced a Navy veteran to three years in prison for extortion and perjury charges.
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Walter Frances Fitzpatrick III (retired) was indicted in March on charges of aggravated perjury, harassment, stalking and extortion and convicted by a jury back in June on the perjury and extortion charges. Court officials tell NewsChannel9 the stalking charge was dismissed prior to trial and jurors found Fitzpatrick not guilty of harassment.
Authorities charged Fitzpatrick after he entered grand jury meetings in McMinn County. Fitzpatrick says he wanted to present evidence of political corruption. But the grand jury did not act on those accusations.
Fitzpatrick is eligible for parole after 30% of serving his 3-year sentence.
He was placed into custody shortly after Judge John Blackwell sentenced him.
Fitzpatrick is also accused of stealing confidential paperwork from the Monroe County Clerk of Court's office back in 2010.McMinn Man Sentenced to Three Years After Extortion and Perjury Conviction
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