By Bria Brown

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — One of two people charged with forgery and other crimes in an investigation of Michigan’s desktop alcohol-breath devices has been sentenced to nine months in jail.

The DataMaster breath test is used to measure alcohol levels at county jails or police departments after a motorist is arrested. Earlier this year, all 203 machines were taken out of service until state police could verify that each was properly calibrated.

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David John, 59, was sentenced Monday in Kalamazoo County, just a few days after a similar case against Andrew Clark was dismissed by an Eaton County judge, who cited a lack of intent to defraud.

John and Clark worked for Intoximeters, a St. Louis company that had a state contract to service the machines. They were accused of creating false documents to show they completed tests and repairs on DataMasters at two police agencies.

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John pleaded guilty, the Lansing State Journal reported.

“This boils down to a situation where my client ended up in a no-win situation and made selfish choices that are inexcusable,” defense attorney Donald Smith said.

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John asked to be spared a jail sentence during a pandemic, but Judge Paul Bridenstine denied the request.

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