NEWPORT NEWS, VA—Bettina Bugg, 30, of Newport News, Virginia, has been sentenced to 42 months in prison for lying to a federal grand jury. Neil H MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Mark S Davis on January 4, 2013. Bugg pled guilty on July 6, 2012. According to court documents, Bugg was subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury in Newport News related to the investigation of a double homicide.
The father of one of her children was identified as a suspect in the homicides. Bugg lied under oath in front of the grand jury and then approached a government witness and asked her to lie about the obstructive conduct. “Bettina Bugg made a mockery of the grand jury system by lying during a murder investigation and trying to get someone else to lie as well,” said United States Attorney MacBride. “This tough sentence should be a clear warning that lying to a federal grand jury is a serious crime that could result in years behind bars.” This case was investigated by FBI, Newport News Police Department, and Virginia State Police.
Assistant United States Attorney Eric M Hurt prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States. A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae.
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