Menominee Woman Charged with Retaliating against a Witness
Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on November 5, 2019, a federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment against Elmira J. Corn (Age: 29), an enrolled member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, and a resident of Neopit, which is on the Menominee Indian Reservation.
The indictment charged Corn with Obstructing Justice by Retaliating against a Witness, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1513(b) and 2. If convicted, Corn faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, up to 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
According to the indictment, on or about October 7, 2019, Corn engaged in conduct that caused bodily harm in retaliation for the victim giving information to law enforcement about a federal offense.
The case was investigated by the Menominee Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation’s Native American Drug and Gang Initiative (NADGI). The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier.
An indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.