Killeen Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Intimidating Witness
Defendant intimidated witness in trial of Killeen brothers convicted of distributing close to 30 kilograms of cocaine
In Waco today, U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., sentenced 33-year-old Carrick Mondale Mango of Killeen, TX, to ten years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine for witness tampering announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division, and United States Marshal Robert Almonte.
On June 12, 2014, Mango pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice and one count of witness tampering. 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.
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.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation together with the United States Marshals Service. Assistant United States Attorney Greg Gloff prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.