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October 5, 2012

Laboy's son may plead on perjury charge

SALEM, Mass. — The son of the convicted former Lawrence public school superintendent, Wilfredo Laboy II, will return to court later this month possibly to plead guilty to a perjury charge connected to his father’s criminal case.

Laboy II, 37, is charged with lying to an Essex County grand jury investigating his father, Wilfredo Laboy, and others involved in the felony fraud and embezzlement case.

The elder Laboy, Lawrence superintendent for nearly 10 years, was convicted March 22 of abusing public resources for personal gain and having school employees run his personal errands.

His son is the fourth and final person with a pending criminal case centered around the school scandal.

Lawyers involved in the case had a lobby conference with Judge John Lu in Salem Superior Court yesterday. Such courtroom conferences are held at sidebar to see if a criminal case can be resolved before trial. A potential plea was not discussed in open court.

Afterward, Scott Gleason, Laboy’s defense attorney, asked Lu if he and his client could return to court Oct. 18 for a “potential plea” in the case. Gleason said he had spoke with Laboy II and his family about a potential plea, and while “very appreciative,” he was not ready to change his plea of not guilty yesterday.

Prosecutors have yet to detail exactly what Laboy II lied about.

A person convicted of perjury can be sentenced to 2 1/2 years in the house of correction or up to 20 years in state prison.

A trial date for Laboy II is set for Oct. 30.

The younger Laboy runs a Sal’s Pizza franchise at the Howe Street Superette in Methuen, a business his father helped him start. His father was convicted in part for having pizza menus and other items for his son’s business printed with Lawrence school resources.

His father was also convicted of ordering school employees to drive his son around after he was charged with drunken driving and lost his license for two years.

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