Sentencing has been delayed in the federal case involving jury tampering in the trial of convicted drug smugglers Raymond Martinez and Juanita Moser.
William Topasna Mantanona pleaded guilty to making a false statement in relation to the tampering of a juror identified in court as Greg.
Mantanona was let off the hook for jury tampering as a result of taking the deal. He faces up to 5 years behind bars for the crime but the US Probation office is recommending he serve only 6 months incarceration followed by 2 years of supervised release.
But how much time he will receive will not be known until later this month. The sentencing hearing began today, with Mantanona’s attorney William Gavras telling the court that his client was not actively engaged in helping his brother — former police officer John “Boom” Mantanona — tamper with the jury as portrayed in the pre-sentence investigation report.
But before legal counsels could argue their position on the sentencing range, District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood continued the proceeding unexpectedly.
The hearing has been continued to January 26.