Killeen Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Obstruction Charge
Defendant intimidated witness in trial of Killeen brothers convicted of distributing close to 30 kilograms of cocaine
In Waco, 33-year-old Carrick Mondale Mango of Killeen, TX, faces up to ten years in federal prison after pleading guilty this afternoon to an obstruction of justice charge, namely witness tampering, announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and United States Marshal Robert Almonte.
According to court records, on March 6, 2014, during the trial of U.S. v. Cornelius Tywarren Wilson, et al. (W-13-CR-138) in federal court in Waco, Mango approached a trial witness and instructed the witness not to testify against defendant Christopher Wilson. The witness told deputy U.S. Marshals that Mango gave the witness an intimidating look, which made the witness feel threatened and uncomfortable. The witness took the stand during trial and testified but failed to identify Christopher Wilson, even though they were neighbors.
Mango’s intimidation tactics also included accosting the prosecutor trying the case and intentionally following another government witness to the lobby of the United States Attorney’s Office.
Mango remains in federal custody pending sentencing. Sentencing is scheduled for August 6, 2014, before United States District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr.
On March 10, 2014, the jury found Christopher and his brother, Cornelius Wilson, guilty of multiple drug charges in connection with their cocaine distribution operation based in Killeen. On April 30, 2014, Christopher and Cornelius Wilson were sentenced to 35 years and 30 years in federal prison, respectively.