Authorities: Man convicted in Ephrata shooting tried to sway victim with prison letter

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Lancaster man charged in a shooting last November in Ephrata has been convicted.

Jurors deliberated for about 90 minutes Tuesday before finding Omar A. Colon, Jr., 27, guilty of felony counts of carrying a firearm without a license and solicitation to commit perjury, and other related charges.

Charges stemmed from a November 2015 incident, when Colon fired a shot near a male acquaintance of his girlfriend at an Ephrata home. A neighbor who witnessed the shooting said the victim was standing in front of a garage when the shot was fired. Police recovered a .25-caliber slug near the garage.

Colon, who was prohibited from possessing a weapon due to a prior felony drug conviction, was arrested a month later.

While at Lancaster County Prison, Colon wrote a letter to his girlfriend, which she was to read to the victim. In the letter, Colon requested that the victim not appear in court or provide false testimony if he did. Colon also instructed his girlfriend to burn the letter because “the prosecution would love this.”

Prison officials intercepted the letter and provided to Ephrata police. Anderson presented the letter to jurors along with audio-recorded prison phone calls in which Colon mentions the letter.

Colon will be sentenced after a background check is completed in about two months. He is already serving a 2.5-to-5-year prison term for a parole violation regarding separate incidents.

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