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Man allegedly intimidated witness

April 19, 2012

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A Bloomfield man faces a felony charge of intimidation of a witness after allegedly threatening a woman who was an informant for the Walworth County Drug Unit.

If convicted, Thomas M. Kelly, 1201 County Highway H, faces up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

Kelly is the second man to be charged in connection with this case.

Randall Kurzinksi, 28, Bloomfield, was sentenced March 8 to 12 months in jail with work-release privileges after pleading guilty to a felony charge of intimidating a witness.

He also received a three-year probation sentence. At the time of his sentencing, Kurzinski had already served 162 days in jail.

According to the criminal complaint:

The victim in the case worked with the Walworth County Drug Unit in June to purchase cocaine from Jeffrey Pipes. Pipes, 35, of North Chicago, was found guilty at jury trial of three counts of delivering cocaine.

Pipes is serving a nine-year prison sentence at Dodge Correctional Facility. After he is released, he will serve nine years of extended supervision.

The victim contacted police on Oct. 8 and said she ran into Kurzinski at the Lake Geneva Walgreens. Kurzinski questioned the victim on why he and Pipes were arrested and taken away by police but she was not.

Then, the victim's mother stepped in and said this conversation shouldn't take place in front of the victim's child.

As the victim was leaving the store, she overheard Kurzinski point her out to another person. Kelly was later identified as the other person.

Kelly and Kurzinksi approached the victim and told her she should watch her back.

When the victim spoke to a police officer about the situation, she became upset and started crying. She told the officer if, for whatever reason, she doesn't show up for the trial police know where to look first.

Kurzinski told police that he had a run-in with the victim at Walgreens and he was with Kelly.