Mantanona brother enters plea agreement

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The brother of the retired police officer and FBI task force agent who has been implicated in jury tampering in the federal case involving the second trial of Juanita Moser and Raymond Martinez has signed a plea agreement.

The brother of the retired police officer and FBI task force agent who has been implicated in jury tampering in the federal case involving the second trial of Juanita Moser and Raymond Martinez has signed a plea agreement.

William Topasna Mantanona is the brother of former law enforcement officer John “Boom” Mantanona who is the main suspect in the federal jury tampering case.

Boom was hired by the defense counsel of Moser and Martinez as an investigator, but it appears that he did more than investigate, Instead, court documents state that he coerced jurors in hopes of swaying the verdict.

While Boom is headed to trial, his brother William has taken a plea deal, pleading guilty to obstructing justice by endeavoring to influence a juror which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years incarceration.

As part of the deal, the second charge of making a false statement will be dismissed upon sentencing, that is if William cooperates and testifies against those involved which means he will have to testify against his brother.

Meanwhile, a hearing set for Boom Wednesday morning was taken off the calendar. No date for a next appearance has been set.

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