Man convicted of tampering with a jury sentenced

Posted at 8:13 AM, Jun 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 08:13:58-04

LEE COUNTY--  A Fort Myers man will spend more than two years in prison for trying to tamper with a jury.

Prosecutors say 43-year old-Travis Earl Blanks tried to influence a juror in a 2015 murder trial.

According to a news release from prosecutors, murder suspect Kevin Black showed blanks the list of jurors while the two were in prison on unrelated charges.

Blanks recognized the name of one of the jurors and told Black he would get a message to the juror through her sister.

They say In a recorded call, Blanks spoke with his son and requested he contact the sister of the juror.
He said to tell that juror to find Black not guilty.

The woman did not know that her sister was serving as a juror and sent a text message that read “I was told to tell you to find the man not guilty.”

Blanks will spend the next 30 months in prison.