Ex-Metro councilman Loniel Greene dies at age 37

Former Metro Councilman Loniel Greene Jr. (Source: Nashville.gov)

Former Metro Councilman Loniel Greene has been found guilty on Thursday on a charge of coercion of a witness.

Criminal Court Judge Mark Fishburn made the ruling in court on Wednesday, finding Greene and co-defendant Tavares Buchanan guilty. Sentencing is set for June 28.

Buchanan had been charged, and eventually convicted, with assaulting a woman in a domestic violence case, and was conspiring with Greene over the source of a bond payment.

During recorded phone conversations, it was discovered that Greene discussed with Buchanan, his cousin plans to keep the woman from testifying.RELATED STORIES: Loniel Greene announces resignation from Metro Council | DA: Councilman involved in scheme to silence domestic violence victim | Ex-councilman Loniel Greene admits to lying under oath | Ex-Metro Councilman Loniel Greene pleads not guilty“This case sends a strong message that coercion of a domestic violence victim is a serious problem and our office will hold people responsible,” said Assistant Attorney General Jeff George. “Victims need not be afraid to step forward and seek justice.”

Coercion of a witness is a Class D felony which carries a sentence of two to four years in jail.

Greene had been elected District 1 Councilman in September 2015. He was arrested in February 2016.

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