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By James Roxbury
Tuesday January 19, 2016 at 5:22 pm

As released by the Department of Justice.

United States Attorney Peter J. Smith

Middle District of Pennsylvania.

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Nicholas I. Stanishia, age 45, an Ohio prison inmate, was sentenced today to 20 years (240 months) in prison by U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones, III, in Harrisburg for conspiracy to transmit an extortionate threat to injure and transmission of an extortionate threat to injure a central Pennsylvania witness who had testified against him in an Ohio murder trial. The case was tried before Judge Jones in April 2015.

During the sentencing, Judge Jones stated, “this is stuff for a horror movie if it wasn’t real” and referred to Stanishia as a “stone cold criminal.” According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, the evidence presented by Assistant United States Attorney Daryl Bloom at the three-day trial established that Stanishia, while serving a sentence of life imprisonment plus 23 years at the Southeastern Correctional Institution in Lancaster, Ohio, for a murder conviction, developed an intimate relationship with clinical psychologist Marcia Weber who helped orchestrate Stanishia’s escape from prison by attempting to get the sole witness who identified Stanishia at his Ohio murder trial to recant his trial testimony.

The surviving witness was also shot during the murder but was able to flee. Stanishia was able to escape and was captured three years later and tried for the murder. Stanishia was also convicted of a rape and burglary committed while on the run. He was sentenced to 54 years’ imprisonment for this offense.

Stanishia and Marcia J. Weber met in an Ohio correctional facility where he was participating in a work release program. Weber hired a private investigator to help obtain information about the witness to the murder, including where he and his wife lived, where he worked, and information about his children and other immediate family. Stanishia and Weber then hired Martin Jay Wilson to travel from Missouri to Pennsylvania, where Wilson rented a car, drove to the witness’s house near Harrisburg and placed a gas can filled with water at the witness’s porch.

Stanishia, with the help of Jody Six and Anthony Vaughn - both other inmates - used a smuggled-in cellular telephone to contact the witness to get the victim/witness to sign an affidavit prepared by Stanishia. Stanishia stated in the call that the next time the gas can would not be filled with water. Stanishia referenced the gas can as a message to the victim conveying his ability to reach the witness even while imprisoned in Ohio. Stanishia used the address of the victim’s sister on the envelope that contained the mailed affidavit and mentioned the victim’s wife by name during the call to show his extensive knowledge of the victim and his family. In addition, during the call Stanishia claimed to be a high ranking member of the Aryan Brotherhood and that his release was being orchestrated by the Aryan Brotherhood. The contacts with the witness were subsequently reported to law enforcement agencies. Many of the phone calls were recorded at the prison and played during the trial. The following co-defendants were sentenced for their involvement in the conspiracy:

• Wilson, age 43, of Kansas City, Missouri, sentenced to 18 months in September 2015;

• Weber, age 46, of Loveland, Ohio, sentenced to 24 months in October 2015;

• Six, age 40, Ohio inmate, sentenced to 2 months in December 2015; and

• Vaughn, age 41, Ohio inmate, sentenced to 15 months in December 2015.

This case was a collaborative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Field Offices in Philadelphia (Harrisburg RA), Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio, the Lower Paxton Police Department, the Hampden Township Police Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and Investigators from the Southeastern Correctional Institution in Ohio.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daryl F. Bloom.

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