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A former student at Suffolk University Law School will spend at least a year in jail for tampering with a verdict slip that showed his conviction for stealing a laptop from the campus in 2014.

David Scher, 34, was sentenced Tuesday by a Suffolk County Superior Court judge to two-and-a-half years in jail, with all but a year of that time spent on probation. Scher pleaded guilty to forgery, tampering with a court document, two counts of perjury and three counts of uttering a false document, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney.

The strange legal saga began in 2014, when a municipal court jury found him guilty of larceny for swiping a fellow student’s laptop from a locker during his third year at Suffolk Law. Scher denied taking the computer, but the law school had surveillance footage of the theft. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and was suspended from the Boston law school for two years. (Scher appealed that conviction, which was upheld by an appeals court in 2016.)

In the meantime, the conviction was an impediment to Scher’s burgeoning real estate career. He went to the Boston Municipal Court clerk’s office on multiple occasions to access his case file, which contained the original verdict slip that showed he was found guilty of larceny. Scher then replaced that slip with a forgery that reflected a not guilty verdict, according to the district attorney.

Scher then used the forged verdict slip to attempt to have his conviction erased with Massachusetts’ Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, which oversees arrest and conviction records and in a bid to obtain his law diploma from Suffolk. He also committed perjury before the Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons during an administrative hearing on the revocation of his broker’s license, which he lost over his failure to disclose the larceny conviction.

Scher faced up to 20 years in prison for tampering with the verdict slip. He still faces that two-decade sentence in state prison for perjury if he re-offends during the course of his sentence, according to the district attorney.

Contact Karen Sloan at ksloan@alm.com. On Twitter: @KarenSloanNLJ