Man sentenced for witness intimidation on Facebook, drug charges
ALBANY, N.Y. - A 19-year-old has been sentenced to State Prison for witness intimidation and drug charges.
According to District Attorney P. David Soares, Rahkiem Johnson, 19, was sentenced to three years in State Prison, to be followed by two years of Post-Release Supervision, for a drug sale conviction, and one to three years in State Prison for an intimidating a witness conviction, to be served concurrently.
On April 24, Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of intimidating a victim or witness in the third degree, a felony, and one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony.
On April 12, 2013, Johnson posted a “wanted poster” on Facebook in regard to a witness that was scheduled to testify in a separate criminal court case. The poster included a photograph of the witness and offered a reward of $1,000. Johnson admitted to law enforcement that he created the Facebook post, indicating that he wanted to get the attention of the witness.
On March 18, while in the area of Ontario Street and Morris Street in the City of Albany, Johnson sold crack cocaine in exchange for money. The conviction on this charge also resolves other drug sales attributed to this defendant.