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Woman who lied in case is sentenced



Published: Sat, September 2, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



By LAURE CIOFFI

VINDICATOR PENNSYLVANIA BUREAU

AKRON -- The woman who gave Dr. Gulam Moonda's killer an alibi will spend the next few months in prison and then under house arrest.

Charlene McFrazier, 22, of Leetsdale, Pa., appeared Friday before U.S. District Judge David Dowd for sentencing. She had pleaded guilty to lying to a grand jury about the whereabouts of her boyfriend, Damian Bradford, on the night Dr. Moonda was shot on the side of the Ohio Turnpike near Cleveland.

McFrazier said she was with Bradford in Beaver County, Pa., between 7 and 8 p.m. May 13, 2005.

Bradford has since pleaded guilty to interstate stalking and using a weapon in a crime of violence in Moonda's death, which occurred about 6:30 p.m. that night. He will get 171/2 years in prison in exchange for his testimony in upcoming court proceedings.

Moonda's widow, Donna, is awaiting trial on charges of aiding and abetting Bradford in the killing. Prosecutors contend that Bradford and Donna Moonda started a sexual relationship after meeting in a Beaver County drug rehabilitation program. Bradford told police Mrs. Moonda started asking him to kill her husband six months before the doctor was shot in the head.

McFrazier, while awaiting sentencing on her plea, was sent to jail in June by Judge Dowd for having contact with Bradford and his mother, Sharon. She had been ordered to stay away from both.

Credit for time served

McFrazier was given credit for the time served already in prison toward her five-month sentence.

She was ordered to five months of house arrest under electronic monitoring after getting out of prison and will be on probation for three years. She must also undergo drug testing.

Dowd, in his sentencing, noted that McFrazier was raised by her grandmother because her mother had a drug problem and she never knew her father. He noted she has a history of marijuana use.

But despite those problems, she did graduate from high school and has an associate degree. She has worked as a pharmacy technician, according to court papers. He called her conduct in this matter an "aberration."

cioffi@vindy.com




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