Alicia Renee Coleman Sentenced after Pleading Guilty to Obstruction of Justice
Columbia, S.C (STL.News) United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr., announced today that Alicia Renee Coleman, 51, of Rock Hill, was sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty last fall to a felony charge of obstruction of justice.
“The integrity of our grand jury process is vital to our mission of protecting the people of South Carolina and upholding the rule of law,” said U.S. Attorney McCoy. “As this case makes clear, if you violate the secrecy of grand jury proceedings, you will be prosecuted.”
Evidence presented to the court showed that in early June 2018, Coleman communicated secret federal grand jury information concerning an indictment and upcoming arrests in case involving a drug trafficking organization in the Rock Hill and Charlotte regions, United States v. Hemphill, et al.
Coleman learned the information in her capacity while serving as a federal grand juror and communicated the information to a family member in violation of a court order. Law enforcement quickly learned of the leak, which had made its way to targets of the investigation, and as a result changed the date of the upcoming takedown in the case.