Former Rockford officer gets no jail time after plea deal for obstructing justice

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A former Rockford police officer avoids jail time after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice involving her cousin.

Christina Perez was charged in March 2018 after prosecutors say she helped her cousin, Joseph Perez, get in contact with his domestic battery victim.

Joseph pleaded guilty to several obstruction charges and was sentenced to two years in prison.

This morning in Winnebago County Court, Christina pled guilty to conspiracy to commit subornation of perjury, obstructing justice, official misconduct and unlawful communication with a witness.

She received 30 months of conditional discharge and other fines. If Christina violates the terms of the agreement, she could go to jail.

She must also surrender her FOID card.

Rockford Police confirm Perez is no longer an employee of the department.