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Tampa Man Found Guilty of Threatening to Shoot Witness

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He also said he’d like to shoot a law enforcement officer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

TAMPA – A federal jury has found a Tampa man guilty of tampering with a federal witness by threat of death, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida said.

.William Raymond Beach, 40, of Tampa, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 1. Beach was indicted June 21.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Beach tampered with a key witness in a federal investigation and prosecution involving a fentanyl overdose death. After Beach was told that the witness had met with “a federal attorney” and was a witness in the case, Beach told the witness that, if the witness continued to assist the U.S., he would shoot and kill the witness.

In other conversations, Beach described a desire to shoot a law enforcement officer and then flee to another state, and to commit other acts of violence, including violence directed at the witness.

This case was investigated by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

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