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Date: 11-01-2023

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United States of America v. Derius Donovan Ledet and Ulysses Semion Washington

Case Number: 4:22-cr-00112

Judge: Raul M. Arias-Marxuach

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma (Tulsa County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Tulsa

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Description: Tulsa, Oklahoma criminal defense lawyer represented the Defendant charged with tampering with witnesses who were slated to testify in federal court proceedings, announced U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.

Derius Donovan Ledet, 33, and Ulysses Semion Washington, 35, were accused of tampering with witnesses that were likely to testify against them.

On March 23, 2022, Ledet, who was being held on federal charges, called Washington several times. Ledet instructed Washington to, “put in some footwork” to prevent two witnesses from communicating with law enforcement about the case and to prevent their testimony in court proceedings. Ledet futher told Washington to pay off the witnesses with money obtained from selling one of Ledet’s cars.

Washington offered the witnesses money to write affidavits that they would not cooperate in Ledet’s pending case. Both witnesses were subpoenaed to make appearances in federal proceedings, but neither showed.

Ledet pled guilty for his role in the witness tampering in July of 2022 and Washington elected to proceed to trial. Prior to trial, Washington continued his attempts to contact one of the witnesses involved in attempt to persuade them to not show. Washington entered a plea to witness tampering on the first day of trial.

Ledet and Washington will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility. The FBI and Tulsa Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin G. Bish prosecuted the case.

18:1512(b)(1), 1512(h), and 2: Tampering with a Witness, Victim, and Informant by Corrupt Persuasion; Forfeiture Allegation: 18 USC 924(d) and 28 USC 2461(c): Firearms Forfeiture

Outcome: Ledet was sentenced to 84 months in prison and Washington to 108 months.

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