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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Houma Woman Sentenced for Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that TONYA BAKER, age 42, a resident of Houma, Louisiana, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1512(k).

U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle sentenced BAKER to a term of imprisonment of 70 months, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 mandatory special assessment.

According to court documents, BAKER conspired with others to conceal a Ruger 9mm handgun and a Hi-Point 9mm handgun with the intent to impair their availability for use in an official proceeding. The firearms were related to a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Louisiana State Police, and the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorneys James S.C. Baehr and J. Ryan McLaren were in charge of the prosecution.

Updated February 22, 2018