Sentencing has been delayed for William Topasna Matanona to next year. He and his brother, ex-police officer John “Boom” Matanona, were indicted for tampering with the jury in the case involving the attempted smuggling of 8 pounds of methamphetamine into our island.
William Matanona made a deal with the federal government in January, admitting to charges related to jury tampering in the trial of Raymond Martinez and Juanita Mozer.
He pled guilty to making a false statement, which is a class C felony offense carrying a prison term of a maximum five years. The deal lets him off the hook for obstruction of justice by endeavoring to influence a juror and no further charges can be brought against him in relation to the case.
He was supposed to be sentenced on November 4th but Matanona’s attorney, William Gavras, has been granted a request to delay the hearing. In light of the public health emergency restrictions, District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood provided the extension to allow Matanona to call witnesses to the stand for in-person testimony.
The sentencing hearing is set for January 13, 2021.