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Wife convicted of planting drugs in husband's car

March 27, 2009 | 12:44 pm

The wife of a Sunny Hills High School teacher was convicted and sentenced to one year of house arrest today 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 for nearly two weeks to hide a shotgun, marijuana and prescription pills in the vehicle of her estranged husband, Gregory Abbott. The two successfully schemed to have him arrested for crimes he did not commit.

Silver was also convicted today in the case and sentenced to three years in state prison.

Authorities said that Silver filed false police reports last May to various law enforcement agencies, reporting that Gregory Abbott was armed with a shotgun and had threatened people. Silver eventually called the Fullerton Police Department, claiming that Gregory Abbott had sold him drugs and was on campus at Fullerton's Sunny Hills High School.

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.

They arrested Devon Abbott and Silver on June 20. The two pleaded guilty this morning to one felony count of conspiracy to falsely charge a crime, one felony count of false imprisonment by fraud and one felony count of conspiracy to commit a crime. Silver also pleaded guilty to a single felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

-- My-Thuan Tran