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Man convicted in RICO trial charged with threatening witness

WICHITA — A man convicted last November of several charges in a federal RICO trial has now been accused of making threats against a federal witness, authorities said.

Clinton A.D. Knight, 30, of Wichita, is charged with threatening to cause bodily injury to another with intent to retaliate against a person for testimony at an official proceeding.

Knight was convicted last November on charges of participating in a racketeering enterprise, conspiracy to engage in racketeering, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute and maintaining a residence in furtherance of distributing crack cocaine. He is awaiting sentencing in that case.

A criminal complaint states that on Aug. 25, Knight called a witness and was "angry and upset," authorities said. Two other calls to the witness were forwarded to voice mail and Knight left voice messages, prosecutors allege.

In one of the calls he dared the witness to record the message and give it to the police, authorities said.

If he is convicted of the threat charge, Knight faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

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