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Grand juror gets probation for tipping off family member

January 31, 2021 GMT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal grand jury member who tipped off a family member about upcoming indictments and drug arrests has been sentenced to three years of probation, prosecutors said.

Alicia Renee Coleman, 51, of Rock Hill, pleaded guilty last year to a felony charge of obstruction of justice.

A judge, noting Coleman had no prior criminal record, decided on a sentence with no prison time, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Carolina said in a statement Friday.

Coleman was serving on a federal grand jury in June 2018 when she heard about cases against a drug trafficking organization around Rock Hill, prosecutors said.

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Coleman told a family member, and after federal investigators heard about the leak they had to change when they made arrests in the case, authorities said.