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Angola woman faces perjury charge in Evans hit-and-run case

A second person also faces criminal charges in connection with the investigation into the 2013 hit-and-run death of Barry Moss.

Lynne Laettner, 55, a retired former secretary in the state Attorney General’s Office, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on one count of first-degree perjury, a class D felony.

Assistant District Attorney Thomas Finnerty said that on April 11, 2014, during the initial grand jury investigation into the incident, Laettner, of Angola, lied about a conversation she had with her friend Gabriele Ballowe. He also said she “acted in collusion with others to cover up Ms. Ballowe’s actions.”

According to Finnerty, Ballowe had told Laettner that she had hit something when she was driving home from a bar on Dec. 22, 2013.

“In the grand jury, Ms. Laettner denied Gabriele Ballowe made that statement,” Finnerty said.

Laettner, who is represented by attorney Robert Lee, pleaded not guilty to the charge. Judge Thomas P. Franczyk set bail at $10,000 cash or bond. The sentencing for first degree perjury ranges from no jail time or probation to up to seven years in prison.