By MARLO BARNHART
The brother of a convicted murderer was found guilty in Washington County Circuit Court Monday of two counts of obstruction of justice for threatening two witnesses who testified at the November murder trial.
William Richard Stouffer, 30, of Hagerstown, was jailed pending completion of a pre-sentence investigation ordered by Judge Darrow Glaser.
It took the jury one hour to reach a verdict finding that William Stouffer obstructed justice by threatening Tina Murray Desjardins during the trial of Edward Stouffer Oct. 28-Nov. 4, 1996.
They also found that William Stouffer obstructed justice by threatening Robert Schell after the trial.
A not guilty verdict was returned on the only other count, obstruction of justice by threatening Desjardins after the trial.
Maximum sentence for each count is five years in prison.
William Stouffer's defense mirrored his statement at his bond hearing last November.
"It was a big misunderstanding," William Stouffer said. "I didn't mean nothing."