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Idabel Man Sentenced To 16 Months For Tampering With A Witness

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Oklahoma

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Tommy Blake McCary, age 67, of Idabel, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release for Tampering With A Witness, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1512(b)(2)(C). The charges arose from an investigation by the McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Superseding Indictment alleges that between January 7, 2019 and February 9, 2019, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant knowingly attempted to corruptly persuade D.B. to avoid legal process by sending a communication as follows: “tell Ole Girl to make herself unavailable to be subpeoned to Trial.  It is set for March 5 2019 I want this done immediately”, with the intent to cause and induce D.B. to evade legal process summoning D.B. to appear as a witness in a jury trial.

United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “Our justice system relies upon the truthful testimony of witnesses. Trying to avoid justice by preventing or trying to prevent a person from testifying is not a successful strategy to avoid prosecution. The defendant has learned that.”
The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris represented the United States. 

Updated December 20, 2019