A detective with the state commission established to clean up the New York Harbor waterfront has been convicted of lying about giving a colleague a leg up on a job exam.
But a Manhattan jury acquitted James Sutera on Thursday of two other perjury charges. Those charges accused him of being untruthful when asked about cheating on the test himself.
The 29-year-old Sutera faces up to seven years in prison at his Aug. 11 sentencing.
Defense lawyer John Patten called it significant that jurors didn't find Sutera cheated on the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor detective's exam.
Jurors found he lied about having brought in materials used to create the test so another would-be detective could look at them.
Patten says the suspended Sutera expects to be fired.