Former Abilene mayoral, city council candidate gets probation for allegedly threatening witness

ABILENE, Texas - An Abilene man who ran for mayor and city council pleaded no contest Monday to a tampering with a witness charge.

Ronald Konstantin, 40, was charged with tampering with a witness in February 2011 after he allegedly threatened a witness about testifying against him in his tampering with a government record trial.

Konstantin allegedly listed a false permanent address on his city council application in 2010.

The state dismissed the charge Monday in exchange for Konstantin's no contest plea. He was placed on five years deferred adjudication for the tampering with a witness charge.

If Konstantin successfully completes his five-year probation, he will be cleared of the tampering with a witness charge. If he does not, he could be sentenced to two years in a state jail. 

Konstantin was originally set for a jury trial Monday. In court, he said he pleaded no contest because the process was taking a toll on his health.

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