OMAHA, Neb. -- A former Norfolk resident was sentenced in federal court in Omaha on Wednesday for witness tampering.

Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Russell announced that 30-year-old Sydney Moniz was sentenced by Judge Brian Buescher to 30 months in prison. There is no parole in the federal system.  After completing her term of imprisonment, Moniz will begin a three-year term of supervised release, Russell said Wednesday.

On December 16, 2019, Moniz’s brother, Matthew Moniz, Jr., and Jonathan Earth, Jr., assaulted a victim in Winnebago, Nebraska, on the Winnebago Indian Reservation.  Matthew Moniz stabbed the victim in the neck.  In June 2020, Matthew Moniz and Earth were indicted federally in the District of Nebraska for the assault.  On October 17, 2020, Sydney Moniz confronted the victim of the stabbing, said the victim was not going to court, said the charges against her brother were going to be dropped, and demanded the victim say her brother did not stab him. 

Matthew Moniz and Jonathan Earth were sentenced for the assault and received to 70 months and 63 months in prison, respectively. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Winnebago Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.