A drug dealer who tried to out an informant on Facebook has been sentenced to a decade behind bars for coercion of a witness.
The man, Bobby E. Forsyth entered best-interest pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of facilitating the delivery of meth and coercion of a witness and was ordered to serve 10 years in the state penitentiary. He must also pay $2,000 plus costs.
His sentence comes after he was busted for delivering meth to an undercover police informant within a few hundred feet of a daycare. The offense constituted drug dealing in a school zone which brings a harsher punishment under state law.
Facing the serious charge, lawmen say Forsyth contacted a relative from jail and urged her to post something on Facebook, identifying the agent who helped get him busted. Specifically, investigators say Forsyth obtained legal documents through the legal discovery phase of his case. The documents revealed the name of the source that led to his arrest. He then took those legal documents and had his relative post them to the Internet as a means of intimidating and humiliating the source. He also suggested his relative make sure to identify the woman as a “snitch” when she made the Facebook post.
Forsyth was sentenced as a Range Two offender given his prior criminal record, meaning he must serve at least 35 percent of his term before first chance of parole.