Feds accused of scaring witnesses out of testimony - KLFY News 10

Feds accused of scaring witnesses out of testimony

The US Attorney’s Office in Lafayette has agreed to drop charges against a man who was arrested lasrt year on weapons charges.

But only after a United States Assistant Attorney, a federal firearms agent and a Jennings Police Officer were accused of threatening and intimidating multiple witnesses in the case.

The government’s case against Damien Guidry began last year in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day when police found a pistol inside a car in which Guidry was a passenger.

Guidry was arrested and charged as a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to Guidry's attorneys Alfred Boustany II and his son, Alfred Boustany III, the government was able to determine the pistol in question was legally purchased by Guidry's one time girlfriend and then legally sold to another individual, neither of whom had any intention of making the pistol available to Guidry.

Boustany claims when those two witnesses refused to cooperate with the government’s case against Guidry they were threatened and sent target letters.

Alfred Boustany II:  "I think the conduct in itself speaks for itself."

Boustany says in the case of Guidry's former girlfriend a Jennings Police Officer even threatened to throw her in jail and take away her child.

Alfred Boustany II:  "It's very difficult to get witnesses to come to testify because most people don't like to go to court.  In some cases it makes it impossible when something like this is done to a witness. In this case it was done to two witnesses."

Boustany says the other witness was sent a letter that threatened to force him to disrobe so his tattoos could be photographed.

After decades spent practicing the law Boustany and his son say this is a first.

Alfred Boustany II:  It's the first time I've seen a case like this one before and I know my son hasn't been practicing that long but I don't think he's see one like this before either.

Alfred Boustany III:  This is the first time I have ever seen a case like this and I hope it's the last time because we haven't been able to contact the three individuals responsible for getting the case kicked out of court. We won't identify them until we've had an opportunity to reach out to them and allow them to respond.

As for Boustany’s client the weapons charge against him has now been dropped.

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