OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
Sharon L. Potter
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
August 14, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
McKeesport Resident Sentenced on
Conspiracy & Obstruction of Justice Charges
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - A 24 year old McKeesport, Pennsylvania, resident was sentenced on August 13, 2009, in United States District Court in Clarksburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley.
United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that LATANYA GARCIA was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment to be followed by two years of supervised release. GARCIA was convicted on January 9, 2009, by a Federal Trial Jury on charges contained in a Third Superseding Indictment after a four-day trial. GARCIA was named in and convicted of two counts of a six-count Third Superseding Indictment. GARCIA was convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice from September 11, 2007, to April 2008; and aiding and abetting the obstruction of justice.
Evidence presented at trial showed that GARCIA aided and abetted and conspired with her husband, Keenon Mikell, also known as “KeeMike,” and other unknown persons, to attempt to corruptly persuade a potential witness, and otherwise to corruptly obstruct, influence, and impede a federal drug prosecution proceeding against Mikell at the time. Mikell previously pleaded guilty to Count Two of the Third Superseding Indictment (a charge of aiding and abetting in the distribution of cocaine) and to Count Five, for which his wife now stands convicted.
GARCIA, who is free on bond, will self-report to the d esignated Federal institution.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn Angus Morgan. The case was investigated by the Harrison/Lewis County Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the Clarksburg Police Department, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, the Bridgeport Police Department, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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