Grand Jury Charges Wilmington, Delaware Man With Soliciting Another to Murder Witness, Retaliate Against Informant
April 13 – (Wilmington, DE) – Charles M. Oberly, III, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced today that a superseding indictment was handed down yesterday by a federal grand jury against William Boney of Wilmington, Delaware.
According to the Superseding Indictment, between May 22, 2011, and July 3, 2011, the defendant not only solicited another to kill a person known to the Grand Jury for providing information to law enforcement regarding the commission or possible commission of a federal offense, but also endeavored to influence, obstruct, and impede the due administration of justice in other ongoing federal criminal prosecutions by retaliating against a witness.
Boney has been charged with one count of attempted obstruction of justice by retaliating against an informant, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1513(a)(1)(B); one count of obstructing the due administration of justice, in violation Title 18, United States Code, Section 1503(a); and one count of soliciting another person to retaliate against an informant, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1513(a)(1)(B) and 373. The federal grand jury had previously charged the defendant, on May 24, 2011, with one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(A), and 846.
“Cooperating witnesses play an essential role in the investigation of controlled substance laws and the effective administration of justice. DEA will aggressively investigate any direct or indirect effort or attempt to thwart an investigation or prosecution through witness intimidation,” stated Acting Special Agent in Charge Vito S. Guarino of the Philadelphia Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
United States Attorney Oberly stated “Protecting witnesses and those who provide information to law enforcement regarding criminal activity is a key component in the administration of justice in the United States. Witness intimidation and retaliation or threats of retaliation will be vigorously prosecuted by our Office.”
If convicted of the pending charges, the defendant faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison for the drug conspiracy offense; a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison for attempted obstruction of justice for retaliating against a witness; a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for obstructing the due administration of justice; and a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison for solicitation of obstruction of justice.
The charges in the Indictment are only allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Wilmington Resident Office (Philadelphia Division) of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Jamie M. McCall and Ilana Eisenstein, District of Delaware.