A former Freeport man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for witness retaliation and must serve that in addition to a previous drug trafficking sentence.
Damon Rucker, 36, was found guilty of retaliating against a witness and causing the individual great bodily harm on April 23. He was initially convicted on drug trafficking charges on July 31, 2012 and a co-defendant in the case agreed to testify against Rucker at his sentencing.
According to the indictment, Rucker slammed the witness' head against a concrete wall on December 20 while both men were in custody. At the time, the witness was being transported to another jail and was in hand and leg shackles and Rucker was not.
Rucker was sentenced to 20 years for retaliating against the witness, along with three years of supervised release. He must serve the sentence consecutive to the 87 months he was sentenced to in the drug trafficking case. He will not be eligible for parole.
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