George Hiotis

Mom Sentenced In Bribery Case

by George Hiotis on March 18, 2013 at 3:35 am

A Columbus woman is going to prison after being sentenced on a bribery charge in connection with a shooting and robbery her daughter was involved in. Muskingum County Court officials say that 40-year-old Tonya Hoskins received a one year prison term from Common Pleas Judge Mark Fleegle Monday. Judge Fleegle also ordered Hoskins to forfeit an undisclosed amount of money and a vehicle. The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office says on November 10th Hoskins’ 21-year-old daughter, Summer, and her friend 23-year-old Danyeal Saleh of Sunbury came to Muskingum County and robbed a man at his home. During the incident some gunshots were fired, but no one was struck. Then, Muskingum County Prosecutor Mike Haddox says on November 30th Tonya Hoskins and 45-year-old Daniel Smith came to Zanesville to attempt to bribe the victim of the robbery to not testify against the defendants. But, neither Smith nor Hoskins knew that when they first contacted the victim on the phone to offer money to drop the case he called the Sheriff’s Office. Haddox says the victim was wired and when he was offered the bribe authorities heard it and witnessed the exchange of money. Haddox says the victim was even asked to sign a receipt for the money. Smith has pleaded not guilty to bribery and has a trial scheduled next month. Summer Hoskins and her friend Danyeal Saleh have already been sentenced in the case.