MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

March 23, 2013

Ex-jailer admits he lied to FBI about being shot

Wound was self-inflicted, he says in guilty plea

By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer

— A former jailer at Muskogee County/City Detention Facility pleaded guilty Friday to making material false statements to the FBI, according to an FBI media release.

Dennis Frisbie Jr., 33, said he lied when he twice told the FBI that he had been shot in the shoulder in 2011 in retaliation for his cooperation with a federal investigation. As a result, the FBI halted its investigation out of concern that potential witnesses were in danger.

However Frisbee admitted two months later that he had lied to the FBI. He said he had shot himself.

Frisbie had been interviewed as part of a federal investigation of allegations of inmate abuse, according to a media release.

According to a Muskogee Phoenix story in 2011, Frisbie told Muskogee police  investigators that he was shot in the shoulder at 10:30 p.m. July 9. Police identified no suspects.

No date for sentencing has been announced. Frisbie was prosecuted in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

“Law enforcement officers who make false statements erode the trust of the people they have sworn to protect,” said Roy L. Austin Jr., the deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, in the release. “The Civil Rights Division is committed to prosecuting members of law enforcement who impede investigations of police misconduct.”

Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson said his office cooperated fully with the FBI, and he praised the FBI’s investigation.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.