The sister of two Steubenville men convicted of drug charges has also been convicted.
Joy McShan Edwards, 37, of Steubenville, was convicted in U.S. District Court on Wednesday of retaliation against a witness.
According to a press release, Edwards’s two brothers, Fred and David McShan, were convicted in March 2016 of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin in the Southern District of Ohio.
During the trial, multiple family members and friends of the McShan brothers had to be escorted out of the courtroom by Deputy U.S. Marshals for violating the Federal Court’s cell phone policy.
According to officials, the family and friends were attempting to photograph and video record witnesses in the case.
After the first day of trial, a Snapchat post was posted by a family member, which revealed a comment about a government witness and a short video of the confidential informant’s testimony.
On May 11th, the United States Probation Department reportedly released its pre-sentence investigation report and recommended sentences for Fred and David McShan.
Authorities discovered Edwards had made a post on her Facebook page about the confidential informant on that same day.
The post reportedly included photos of the witness cropped onto a body and comments that the confidential informant was a “snitch”.
Edwards reportedly continued posting multiple images of the witness cropped onto the photographs, as well as photos of rats and skulls.
The victim told officials that the retaliation via social media has severely impacted his life and the safety of himself and his family.
“We take very seriously the safety and security of government witnesses,” U.S. Attorney Glassman said in a press release. “Those who retaliate against government witnesses will be identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Today’s verdict is an example.”
According to officials, retaliating against a victim, witness, or informant is a federal crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Edwards was charged by a criminal complaint and was arrested in June.
She was indicted by a federal grand jury in August.