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Sioux Falls Man Sentenced for Tampering with a Witness

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Tampering with a Witness was sentenced on April 25, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Diego Lara, age 25, was sentenced to 5 years in custody, followed by 2 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Lara was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 9, 2016. He pled guilty on February 14, 2017.

The conviction stems from an incident on September 13, 2016, when Lara knowingly attempted to corruptly persuade someone to lie to a Federal Grand Jury regarding an ongoing investigation into a murder.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

Lara was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated April 29, 2017