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December 20, 2012

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee

Guzman Boyfriend Convicted Of Accessory After The Fact And Retaliation Against A Witness

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Brian Paul Hatcher, 32, of Blount County, Tenn., entered a guilty plea on Dec. 20, 2012, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville, to being an accessory after the fact and retaliation against a witness. Sentencing has been set for 2:00 p.m., Apr. 17, 2013, before the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan.

According to court documents, Tamral Guzman was charged in a 57 count indictment for which she was on trial beginning on Sept. 24, 2012. Hatcher, Guzman’s boyfriend, supported Guzman at her trial every day until Oct. 2, 2012, when she failed to appear for trial. A warrant for Guzman’s arrest was issued by the District Court. The trial proceeded and Guzman was convicted of all 57 counts on Oct. 4, 2012.

On Oct. 30, 2012, a vehicle believed to be driven by Guzman was located in Florida. Surveillance was set up on the vehicle. As a result Guzman was identified and arrested. Guzman admitted to living in a local hotel under an assumed name with Hatcher. Both were working in a local restaurant.

Hatcher gave an interview to a local Florida television station admitting the two had run from the law. After the interview Hatcher sent text messages threatening bodily harm to a former boyfriend of Guzman believing the boyfriend had “snitched” to law enforcement.

Hatcher faces a maximum term of 10 years in prison for accessory after the fact and a maximum term of 20 years in prison for retaliating against a witness.

U.S. Attorney William C. “Bill” Killian stated, “Those who assist others in evading justice in the Eastern District of Tennessee will be held accountable. This conviction sends the clear message that we will prosecute those who violate federal law by making criminal acts possible.”

This conviction was the result of an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service. Jennifer Kolman, Assistant U.S. Attorney, represented the United States.

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