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Former Officer Involved In Shooting Hoax Waives Right To Jury Trial

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Former Los Angeles Unified School District police officer Jeff Stenroos will be tried by a judge.

Stenroos’ attorneys waived his client’s right to a jury trial Thursday.

Stenroos, 30, is accused of lying about being shot by a burglar last January while on duty outside of El Camino Real High School. His claim prompted a huge police response with several schools placed on lockdown in the San Fernando Valley.

The incident cost the city and the LAUSD more than $400,000.

Stenroos is facing four felony counts, including filing a false police report. He faces five years in prison if convicted.

Stenroos  is free on $30,000 bail. His trial will begin Aug. 26.

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