Former councilman Loniel Greene was found guilty of Coercion of a Witness and could go to prison for 2 to 4 years.
Criminal Court Judge Mark Fishburn ruled Wednesday that Greene and his cousin, Tavares Buchanan, tried to stop a woman from testifying after she was assaulted
The conviction stems from a domestic violence case involving Buchanan. According to the court, he attacked the woman and conspired with Green about a bond payment.
The District Attorney’s office secretly recorded conversations between Greene and Buchanan, where they discussed plans to keep the woman from testifying.
The phone calls were analyzed by an expert in the D.A.’s office.
Assistant D.A. Jeff George released a statement saying, “This case sends a strong message that coercion of a domestic violence victim is a serious problem and our office will hold people responsible.”
Loniel Greene was first elected as District 1 Councilman in September, 2015. He was arrested 5 months later in February, 2016.