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Woman pleads guilty to perjury in murder case

A Roosevelt woman pleaded guilty to perjury charges Friday, admitting in court that she lied when she told a jury she hadn't seen then-defendant Carl Perryman shoot his childhood friend David Baez.

Perryman later was acquitted of the murder. He since has been charged with attempted murder in an unrelated case.

Latoya White, 26, and another man, Sansui Galloh, 37, of Hempstead, first told a Nassau County grand jury that they saw Perryman shoot Baez on the steps of a Rockville Centre community center in May 2008. They then changed their stories, and prosecutors say they were intimidated to do so.

By the time of Perryman's murder trial in the spring, White and Galloh insisted on the stand that they hadn't seen anything on the night of the killing.

Acting State Supreme Court Justice William Donnino is expected to sentence White to 1 year in jail for her crime. Galloh's case is pending, prosecutors said.

White's lawyer, Steven Barnwell of Mineola, said prosecutors were fair in considering his client's case.

After a hearing during Perryman's murder trial to determine if witnesses had been intimidated, Nassau County Court Judge George Peck said he found the witnesses' initial statements credible and found that they later had been influenced to change their stories.

Peck allowed prosecutor Michael Canty to use the statements at trial, even if the witnesses were not present. Later, White and Galloh took the stand for the defense, saying that they had been intimidated by police into making statements against Perryman.

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