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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Buckhannon, WV man sentenced for witness tampering

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Tobias Lynn Bennett, 41, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison today for witness tampering, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

An investigation by the West Virginia State Police revealed that, while incarcerated at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in Belington, West Virginia, Bennett discouraged two potential witnesses from testifying at a fellow inmate’s sentencing hearing. He pled guilty in December 2014 to one count of “Witness Tampering – Aiding and Abetting.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Cogar prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

Chief U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

Updated January 8, 2016