Private Investigator Sentenced 5 Months

A Yakima private investigator will spend 5 months in jail after pleading guilty to witness tampering.

Stephanie Barnes pleaded guilty to the charge in exchange for having intimidation and bribery charges dropped.

According to court documents, Barnes was hired by a suspect in a kidnapping case to bribe the victim into providing a false sworn statement in court.

In exchange, the victim would receive a sum amount of cash, and a car, however the victim contacted police, who subsequently arrested Barnes.

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