By Forum Staff
A private investigator from the Bronxworking with a man charged with illegally possessing a gun, has pled guilty to bribing a witness.
Charles Gallman, 55 of Metropolitan Avenue, attempted to pay off, as well as to intimidate and coerce the victims in the gun case from testifying.
“Witnesses of crimes must be protected from outside interference that might affect their testimony,” said DA Brown. “My office will not tolerate the intimidation of, or tampering with witnesses…”
Gallman, purporting to be a private investigator, pled guilty to bribing a witness before Justice Joseph Zayas, who indicated he would sentence the crooked PI to 1 to 3 years in prison.
Frederick Freeman, 30, Gallman’s co-defendant, pled guiltyto the original gun case aswell as the witness tampering charge in May of 2016, and was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison.
Over the course of a long-term investigation various investigative techniques were utilized, and according to the charges in the underlying case, Freeman and his girlfriend, Raneisha Williams, then 23, went to the apartment of Williams’ brother on and knocked on the door but Williams’ brother refused to open it initially. When he finally did, Freeman pointed a gun at him and tried to push his way into the apartment but the young man slammed and locked the door and called 911.
Police arrived at the scene and found the pair hiding in an apartment 3 floors below, where they recovered a black handbag under the containing a loaded defaced silver .380 caliber pistol.
Both defendants were charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Williams pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to three and one-half years in prison.
While the case was still pending,Freeman and Gallman engaged in acts intended to instill fear in the victim – the brother of defendant Williams – as well as his family members. They threatened physical harm if Williams’ brother testified.
Through a court authorized wiretap Freeman was recorded making threats and offering bribes from Rikers Island.
Gallman also contacted the victim and a member of his family in person and over the phone in an effort to tamper with, bribe and/or intimidate the two.
By Forum Staff