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York woman sentenced to prison for threatening witness

Christopher Dornblaser
505-5436/@YDDornblaser

A York woman faces four months in prison after pleading guilty to threatening a federal witness during the Southside gang trial last year, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mae Joy Harris, 25, previously pleaded guilty to the threats in January 2016, according to the release. She was sentenced Friday.

One of the witnesses testified as a government withness during the Southside gang trial on Oct. 5 and 6  and implicated former associates, according to the release. On Oct. 6, Harris made threatening statements toward the witness and his family on Facebook because of the testimony, the release states.

According to the Indictment, Harris made an initial post calling the witness a "straight rat," and threatened his family. She also made some comments responding to others underneath the post.

"He not in the streets now.. if they grab my baby dad the whole family gonna get touched... aint no ifs n buts about it," she posted, according to the indictment.

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"My kids loose their dad everybody gonna b walking around with black eyes... and that's a fact," she said, according to the indictment.

She posted three other things related to the witness as well, according to the indictment.

Harris was indicted by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg in November, stemming from an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). This is the first prosecution of a case in the Middle District of Pennsylvania involving social media to threaten a witness, according to ATF.

In addition to Harris' prison sentence, she must serve one year on supervised release afterward. She will turn herself into the Federal Bureau of Prison on July 11.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.