Nashville man gets 21 years in prison for witness tampering

Michael Calloway
Michael Calloway (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 21-year-old will serve 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to witness tampering in a shooting at the JC Napier homes in south Nashville.

Michael Calloway was sentenced Friday for possession of ammunition, conspiracy to tamper with a witness and attempting to obstruct justice.

On April 12, 2015, Calloway and Laquanda Boyce were assaulting a woman at the housing development when another person intervened and tried to protect the woman, according to authorities.

Later in the afternoon, police said Calloway and Boyce returned with Calloway carrying a firearm.

When they crossed paths with the witness, Calloway fired eight or nine shots at him and struck him once in the leg.

The victim was treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and reportedly identified Calloway as the shooter.

Calloway was arrested the following day and authorities told him he would likely face federal firearms charges.

Authorities said he and Boyce then devised a scheme to pay the witness $1,200 in exchange for his refusal to testify or for testifying that he had mistakenly identified Calloway as the person who had shot him.

Boyce pleaded guilty on Sept. 4, 2015, to conspiracy to tamper with a witness and will be sentenced on Feb. 25, 2016.

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