Herring seeking jail time for Solomon witness

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan – email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond's Commonwealth Attorney says he believes a key witness in the Michael Solomon murder trial lied on the stand.

Alphonzo Richardson agreed to testify for the commonwealth in exchange for no more jail time. In October, Richardson pleaded guilty to transporting a body and child neglect.

Richardson entered pleas to helping Solomon hide Tameka Claiborne's body and accessory after the fact to child neglect.

Richardon's attorney says his client fully cooperated and his a hero.

Richardson police he helped his friend, Michael Solomon, get rid of Tameka Claiborne's body and dropped her son off at an apartment complex.

Michael Herring disagrees.

"There's this assumption out there, on the street that you can come in and you can talk to us and tell us a certain amount of lies and do it with impunity. And it's not that simple. The one thing we expect from cooperaters is to tell the truth. he didn't do that," Herring said.

A hearing was set for March. If the judge believes Richardson lied, he could sentence him to jail time, agree to the original plea deal or let Richardson withdraw his pleas and fight the charges.

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