SAN ANTONIO – A federal grand jury indicted Julieta Boone-Tellez, 43, on accusations she influenced a federal grand juror in her brother's trial, resulting in a mistrial.
Boone-Tellez's brother Romeo Boone-Escorcia was charged with one count of illegal re-entry into the U.S. after being previously deported. When jury selection and a trial began for Boone-Escorcia, his sister allegedly made contact with a trial juror and showed the juror a photo of her brother.
Judge Orland Garcia declared a mistrial. Judge Garcia scheduled the retrial for Nov. 6, however, Boone-Escorcia pleaded guilty on Thursday and was sentenced to time served and now faces formal deportation proceedings.
Boone-Tellez was arrested on Oct. 13 and her arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 13 in San Antonio.
If convicted, she faces up to ten years in federal prison.