Royce Toney Tampering With Witness?

Sheriff Royce Toney may have dug himself deeper in the hole by his firing of Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO) Col. Marc Mashaw.

What Toney has done looks like witness tampering to us.

18:1512 – Tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant

(b) Whoever knowingly uses intimidation, threatens, or corruptly persuades another person, or attempts to do so, or engages in misleading conduct toward another person, with intent to—
(1) influence, delay, or prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding;
(d) Whoever intentionally harasses another person and thereby hinders, delays, prevents, or dissuades any person from—
(1) attending or testifying in an official proceeding;

18:1513 – Retaliating against a witness, victim, or an informant

(e) Whoever knowingly, with the intent to retaliate, takes any action harmful to any person, including interference with the lawful employment or livelihood of any person, for providing to a law enforcement officer any truthful information relating to the commission or possible commission of any Federal offense, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.

According to KTVE-TV10’s Johnny Gunter, when Toney was asked if the conflict related to the ongoing federal investigation into the sheriff’s office, Toney terminated the phone call. Mashaw was quoted as saying that he “did not leave voluntarily.” See the TV10 story here:

OPSO Third in Command Off the Job

The FBI raided Toney’s administrative offices on Feb. 8 of 2011, seizing records and computers. So far the investigation has resulted in the arrest of Toney’s information technology director Maj. Michael Karl Davis.

One Response to “Royce Toney Tampering With Witness?”

  1. Rick Godley Says:

    Sorry, but early glance, and not digging deeper on my part, I thought this said that the topic of your article ‘tampered with a waitress’. I’m sorry, my bad. Forgive me.

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