A Superior woman serving a prison sentence for her role in drug trafficking will spend another 121 months behind bars for attacking a federal witness.
Veronique Zsa Zsa Antique Muckle, 23, was sentenced last week in federal court in Minneapolis for retaliating against another inmate for serving as a government witness in a drug-trafficking trial, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. United States District Court Judge David S. Doty sentenced Muckle to 121 months in prison on one count of federal witness retaliation. She was indicted Sept. 11 and convicted April 12.
According to the indictment and evidence presented at trial, Muckle assaulted Angelique Michelle Vos on Aug. 14, following Vos' return to the Sherburne County Jail after Vos testified as a government witness during a narcotics trial of Lawrence Lalonde Colton. Muckle, Vos, and more than three dozen others pleaded guilty for their roles in a large-scale drug-trafficking organization that transported prescription pills and heroin from Detroit to the Twin Ports region.
In September 2011, the organization was brought down after an investigation by the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Beginning Aug. 12, Colton was on trial for his role in the drug-trafficking activity. At the time, Muckle and Vos were held separately in the Sherburne County Jail. Muckle was already serving a 52-month prison sentence for her participation in the original drug conspiracy, and was awaiting placement in the federal prison system. When Vos returned from federal court Aug. 14, Muckle ran from a segregated area of the facility and violently attacked Vos for testifying against Colton earlier that day. Colton was later convicted.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office, Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Duluth Police Department, and ATF. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Allen A. Slaughter and Amber M. Brennan.