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Culbertson Man Charged With Witness Tampering

Christopher Michael Lee Friede, 20, of Culbertson was in district court for the charge of witness tampering on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Maximum penalties for the charge are 10 years in prison, a $50,000 fine or both. Bail was set at $25,000.

Friede is scheduled for trial on May 13 for the charge of sexual intercourse without consent.

According to court documents, when an officer reviewed inmate Friede’s outside phone calls, it was found that Friede told his sister on Jan. 26 to contact the alleged victim and direct her to provide false information to the county attorney’s office.

According to court documents, Friede had a phone conversation on Jan. 28, where he appeared to be talking with his sister and asking her to contact someone else to talk with the alleged minor victim.

An omnibus hearing was set for March 10. Trial date is scheduled for May 13.

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