Beloit woman sentenced for intimidating witness
MADISON — A Beloit woman was sentenced to two years in federal prison Thursday for her role in intimidating a witness in a federal heroin investigation, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.
Tiana Williams, 25, pleaded guilty March 26, admitting she conspired to intimidate a witness, and that she was involved with Charles Evans in a conspiracy to distribute heroin. She was sentenced as if convicted of the drug conspiracy, according to the news release.
Evans, 40, pleaded guilty March 18, admitting he sold heroin in the Beloit area in 2014, according to the release.
Evans' was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison in May, according to the release.
Evans sold heroin to an individual who was cooperating with law enforcement authorities July 30, 2014, according to the news release. Evans then participated in a conspiracy with Williams to intimidate the individual, according to the news release.
On Aug. 22, 2014, a drug customer failed to pay Evans for previously-purchased heroin. Evans assaulted the man and broke his jaw. Shortly after the assault, the man paid the drug debt to Evan, according to the news release.
In September 2014, while incarcerated at the Rock County Jail for violating his probation by assaulting the man, Evans directed Williams to persuade the man to change his testimony, according to the news release.
Williams drove to the residence of the man and attempted to meet with him in an effort to convince him to change his testimony, according to the news release.
Williams was arrested as a result of investigations by G-ROC, a task force of local and federal law enforcement agencies formed through the FBI's Safe Streets Violent Crime Initiative. She was one of more than 15 people charged with a federal drug or gun crime in the past year as the result of investigations, according to the release.