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Wife convicted in teacher's setup

March 28, 2009|My-Thuan Tran

The wife of a Sunny Hills High School teacher was convicted and sentenced to one year of house arrest Friday for planting drugs and a gun in the trunk of her estranged husband's car in a conspiracy that led to the popular history teacher's wrongful arrest for having drugs on campus.

Devon Eileen Abbott, 33, and her boyfriend, Soloman Brian Silver, 42, conspired to hide a shotgun, marijuana and prescription pills in the vehicle of Gregory Abbott. The two successfully schemed to have him arrested for crimes he did not commit.

Silver was also convicted Friday and sentenced to three years in state prison.

Authorities said that Silver filed false police reports in May to various law enforcement agencies, reporting that Gregory Abbott was armed with a shotgun and had threatened people. Silver also called the Fullerton Police Department, claiming that Gregory Abbott had sold him drugs and was on campus at the high school in Fullerton.

Police responded and found drugs and a firearm in Gregory Abbott's car and arrested him as he was teaching class. Police later determined that Gregory Abbott was set up.

-- My-Thuan Tran

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