A federal grand jury has indicted a West Seneca woman with witness tampering and retaliating against a witness who provided authorities with information about a bank robbery suspect.
Named in the indictment is Haley Connor, 19, of West Seneca, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Prosecutors allege that from early this year to March 8, Connor threatened bodily harm to a witness who gave information about Michael Mitchell’s involvement in bank robberies. Mitchell is currently charged with committing three bank robberies, but federal agents have said he was at the center of a ring that pulled off more than 20 bank heists.
“This defendant – while not accused of committing the underlying crime – now stands to serve as much time in prison of those who did, solely because of her attempt to subvert the criminal justice system,” Hochul said in a written statement
In a court document, a federal agent said Connor told the witness that “snitches get stitches,’’ among other things.