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Two brothers have pleaded guilty to weapons and witness tampering charges and face lengthy prison sentences, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced today.
Riyad Johnson, 19, and Moshawn Johnson, 20, both of Locust Street, plotted together to dissuade a prosecution witness from testifying in Riyad Johnson's attempted murder and weapon possession case.
Riyad Johnson faces 29 years in prison and Moshaun Johnson faces 19 years when sentenced Oct. 19 by Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico.
Riyad Johnson pleaded guilty to attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and witness tampering. Moshaun Johnson pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon and witness tampering, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Assistant District Attorney Sara Ogden prosecuted both defendants.
Moshaun Johnson contacted an eyewitness and told her, "if my brother does time, I'll be poppin' y'all," the District Attorney's Office said.
District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said his office will "aggressively prosecute thugs who attempt to intimidate citizens from coming to court."