WILKES-BARRE — A Hazleton woman charged with threatening a witness in her brother’s homicide case was sentenced Friday to two years probation.
Hilda Mora-Polanco, 26, of Alter Street, pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution last month. She’d been jailed since her arrest on witness intimidation charges in June 2015, just days after her brother, Rafael Mora-Polanco, was taken into custody on homicide charges.
A county jury last month found Rafael Mora-Polanco, 28, shot Jorge Marrero, 35, six times following a foot chase through the streets of Hazleton in June 2015 in a killing prosecutors said was motivated by a drugs. He was sentenced to life in prison following the verdict.
During the course of the investigation into the shooting, Hilda Mora-Polanco and two others, including another sibling, were charged with threatening potential witnesses in the case. Prosecutors said they threatened violence toward those poised to testify against Rafael Mora-Polanco.
Multiple witnesses who took the stand in the homicide trial said they feared for their lives and the lives of their families by testifying against Rafael Mora-Polanco.
Defense attorney Mary Deady said Hilda Mora-Polanco “let her emotions for her brother get the best of her.”
Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough gave Hilda Mora-Polanco credit for 599 days time served toward her sentence.
Two others — Hilda Mora-Polanco’s brother, Denny Mora, and Ramon Cruz-Maldonado — have pleaded guilty to similar charges in the case and are awaiting sentencing.
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