Indianapolis Man Sentenced for Witness Tampering
INDIANAPOLIS—Josh J. Minkler, United States Attorney, announced today that Logan Mediate, 21, a resident of Indianapolis, Indiana, was sentenced to prison by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt to 156 months (13 years) imprisonment following his guilty plea to tampering with a federal witness and possession of a sawed-off shotgun in furtherance of a crime of violence. Mediate was also sentenced to five years of supervised release upon his release from incarceration.
“Anyone who threatens or intimidates a witness will feel the full wrath of federal prosecution,” said Minkler. “Violent crime cannot be tolerated in our neighborhoods and reducing it, will remain a top priority of this office.”
On February 26, 2014, the FBI arrested Mediate’s mother, Jennifer Gaddy, for the distribution of methamphetamine. On March 17, 2014, Mediate confronted the confidential informant who had purchased the methamphetamine from Gaddy in the Mars Hill area of Indianapolis. Mediate told the informant that he knew the informant’s cooperation had led to Gaddy’s arrest and threatened to kill the informant. Mediate produced a sawed-off shotgun from his vehicle and pointed it at the informant. Mediate then pointed the sawed-off shotgun into the air and discharged a round from the shotgun. Mediate then repeated his threat to kill the informant. On March 24, 2014, the FBI located the sawed-off shotgun at a residence in Mars Hill. The FBI also located photographs of Mediate posing with the sawed-off shotgun that Mediate had posted on his Facebook page.
On June 6, 2012, a Marion County jury found Mediate not guilty on charges stemming from a double homicide in Indianapolis.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force and prosecuted by Bradley A. Blackington, Senior Litigation Counsel for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.