Thomas W. Randolph Jr., acquitted in April of killing his wife, pleaded guilty in 2nd District Court to charges of tampering with a witness - admitting he wanted to eliminate the testimony of a witness against him in his homicide trial.
Randolph, 34, pleaded guilty to the single third-degree felony charge and will be sentenced June 27. He faces a prison term of up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000.Randolph was acquitted in April of murder charges and a related charge of insurance fraud in the 1986 death of his wife Rebecca.
While Randolph was being held in the Davis County Jail without bail, he discussed with another inmate ways to keep one of the prosecution's prime witnesses, Eric Tarantino, from testifying against him, according to prosecutors.
According to defense attorney John Caine, the inmate was an informer who told jailers about the conversations. An undercover narcotics officer had several taped telephone conversations with Randolph in January, according to prosecutors.
Based on their final conversation, Randolph and his girlfriend, Wendy Z. Moore, 30, Layton, were charged with conspiracy to commit murder, a first-degree felony.
Conspiracy charges against Randolph and Moore were amended to tampering with a witness and conspiracy to distribute cocaine, a second-degree felony.
Randolph agreed to plead guilty to the witness tampering charge in return for having the drug charge against him and both charges against Moore dismissed.