ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca attorney Jeffrey W. Butcher was indicted Friday morning on two felony charges for lying in court and allegedly planting evidence in a Tompkins County Legislator’s vehicle.

Butcher, 53, is charged first-degree felony perjury and tampering with evidence.

According to Ithaca City Court documents, Butcher lied on the stand May 2 in the Tompkins County Family Court. He allegedly said in court that he did not use a Tracfone to report drugs in a white Hyundai at the airport to a Tompkins County 911 dispatcher. New York State Police allege that evidence exists to prove otherwise.

The white Hyundai belongs to Tompkins County Legislator Michael Sigler.

Related: Ithaca attorney charged with felony tampering with evidence, perjury

Lansing Court records recently made available show that a white powdery substance, an orange powdery substance, orange and pink pills, and a green leafy substance “that had the appearance and odor” of marijuana were found in a white Hyundai located at the Tompkins Regional Airport.

Butcher is being accused of planting those items in the vehicle and falsely reporting to a Tompkins County 911 dispatcher that he saw a vehicle  “chock full of drugs” in the airport long-term parking lot on Feb. 15.

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.