A jury convicted a man of threatening, two counts of kidnapping and one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping in Norristown after he held his brother-in-law captive for reporting suspected criminal activities to law enforcement personnel in an unrelated offense.
The Montgomery County jury did not convict the defendant of property crimes such as robbery. However, the jurors sent a clear message that threatening alleged whistleblowers will not be tolerated in the community.
According to court documents, the victim told police that the defendant was involved with drugs, which led to the man being arrested and charges for felony drug and weapons possession. When the man found out that his brother-in-law had informed police of his activities, he reportedly threatened to kill him and kept him tied up for more than five hours. Such felony charges can continue to affect a person long after any court proceedings end.
The man convicted in this case faced very serious charges and consequences for the commission of several felonies. Individuals facing felony charges, however, do not need to battle through the court process alone. A criminal defense attorney can represent clients and review the case to ensure that their constitutional rights are protected. Seasoned criminal defense attorneys will thoroughly examine the details of the case and may try to negotiate with the prosecution for a reduction of charges. While a suspect may face a jury trial and possible conviction, an experienced lawyer will work for the best possible outcome for clients, including the possible dismissal of other offenses, such as charges of robbery.
Source: Philly.com, "Man found guilty of threat to witness," Carolyn Davis, Jan. 15, 2013