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3 plead guilty to tampering with witness in federal case

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Three Flint residents pleaded guilty to tampering with a witness to prevent the witness from testifying in a federal criminal case.

The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade on Tuesday.

Christopher Blackwell, 27, Lawrence Davis, 22, and Lezlye Taylor, 22, plead guilty.

Blackwell received a phone call in July of 2014 in an inmate facing trial who said witnesses were working against him, according to court document.

Blackwell promised to prevent one of the witnesses from testifying.

On July 26, 2014, Taylor met up with the witness and told Blackwell where they were. When the victim left the building Blackwell and Davis shot him in both legs, according to court documents.

“Intimidation and harm to witnesses contribute to the ‘no snitch’ philosophy, which prevents people from reporting crimes,” McQuade said. “We will do all we can to protect witnesses in criminal cases, including prosecuting anyone who attempts to harm a witness.”

Davis will be sentenced Dec. 1. Taylor will be sentenced Dec. 15. and Blackwell will be sentenced Jan. 19, 2017.

They each face up to 30 years in prison.

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