Editorial: Nebraska lawmakers need to consider increasing the penalty for witness tampering

Omaha World Herald Editorial September 9, 2018

The American legal system has an all-important obligation to deliver justice. When a defendant is found guilty of a heinous crime and of inflicting terrible suffering, for example, society needs to mete out serious punishment. Justice needs to be served.

But where, an Omaha father rightly asks, is the justice for his family in the wake of legal developments last week?

Kay LeFlore’s son — decorated Army Sgt. Kyle LeFlore — was gunned down in Omaha in January, leaving behind a wife and a 6-year-old son. But now the defendant, Larry Goynes, no longer faces first-degree murder charges in the case. The reason: The state’s key witness backed out.

Prosecutors allege that two people, including an aunt of the defendant, attempted to intimidate the witness, a 36-year-old woman. Read More.