Convicted Felon sentenced to additional time for threatening a witness and a judge – CBS Tampa

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (CW44 News At 10) – A convicted felon and gang member has been sentenced to more than a decade of extra time in federal prison after admitting he threatened a witness and a judge.

Wilbert Stephens, 29, of Brunswick, Ga., Was sentenced to 174 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit a violent crime and sending threats against communications, said David H. Estes, acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District. in Georgia. U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Randal Hall also ordered Stephens to pay $ 7,500 in compensation to one of the victims and to serve three years of probation under supervision after the end of his prison sentence, which runs consecutively for the 120-month period, Stephens was already serving on a previous conviction. There is no probation in the federal system.

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“Serial criminal Wilbert Stephens was already facing 10 years in prison for illegally possessing ammunition,” said acting U.S. Attorney Estes. “Instead of taking his well-deserved medicine, he chose to intensify the crime by threatening those who held him responsible.”

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As described in court documents and testimony, Stephens was indicted in the U.S. District Court in 2018 along with 23 other defendants as part of a conspiracy to commit drug trafficking. He later pleaded guilty to information that accused him of possessing ammunition of a convicted felon and was sentenced in June 2020 to 10 years in prison. While being held at the Glynn County Detention Center awaiting transfer to prison, Stephens asked a relative to kill a witness and wrote and sent a threatening letter to a judge.

“Stephens tried to use fear and intimidation to avoid being brought to justice. For this he gets bigger consequences, says Chris Hacker, special agent for the FBI Atlanta. “This sentence sends the message that the FBI will not allow cooperating witnesses and judges to be targeted like this in an attempt to undermine the rule of law.”

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The case was investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service and prosecuted for the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcela C. Mateo.


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