Corey Matthew Lich Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on May 9, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, COREY MATTHEW LICH, a 33-year-old resident of Billings, pled guilty to witness tampering. Sentencing has been set for August 7, 2012. He is currently detained.
Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora stated the government would have proved at trial the following:
On November 16, 2011, LICH contacted a government witness who was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury the next day. LICH communicated to the witness in person words to the effect of keep your mouth shut, and specifically stated, "Don't say anything," "you don't know nothing," and "you didn't see nothing." LICH knew the witness had been subpoenaed to the grand jury.
LICH faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force, U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations, and Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.