Archive for Thursday, May 24, 2007

Guilty plea entered for witness tampering

May 24, 2007

— A Leavenworth woman faces time in federal prison after admitting she threatened a witness in a federal drug case, authorities said.

September P.A. Graham, 19, Leavenworth, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of tampering with a federal witness.

In September 2006, police in Leavenworth worked with two cooperating individuals to make controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Graham's brother, Brocke Graham, 21, also of Leavenworth. Brocke Graham subsequently was charged with drug and firearms violations. He appeared in federal court on Nov. 14, 2006, at which time a judge ordered him to be held in jail pending trial.

On Jan. 24, one of the cooperating witnesses was walking in Leavenworth when September Graham pulled up in a truck at the intersection of Fourth and Spruce streets. September Graham yelled: "I know you snitched out my brother : wait until I see you when I'm out of my truck." The cooperating witness called police.

Investigators obtained recordings of phone calls Brocke Graham made from jail in which he told another person the names of the informants and said to get the word out on the street.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 6. September Graham faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

Brocke Graham is awaiting trial.

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