Palacios was imprisoned after the Thursday afternoon hearing, in which he admitted to filing a false police report that claimed Sheepshead Bay resident John Hockenjos attempted to run the officer over with his car. That four-day sentence meant that Palacios would have been a free man again on Sunday.
But the sweetheart deal for a man who nearly put an innocent man in jail for seven years got even sweeter for Palacios: state law requires that inmates scheduled for discharge on a weekend should be freed on Friday.
Palacios spent the night in jail, and was freed the next day.
That’s the same punishment you would get on the Andy Griffith Show if Barney Fife brought you in for drinking too much.
Meanwhile, Hockenjos worries about retribution. He might think about moving to a different precinct — or a different part of the country.
On a tip from Sean C.