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Monday convicted of assaulting federal witness

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Cana man pleaded guilty to retaliation against informant, will serve 46 months in federal prison.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

ABINGDON — The January 2012 assault of a drug informant at a Cana home has led to the federal conviction of a 37-year-old Carroll County man.
Daniel Wade Monday of Cana appeared in federal court in Abingdon on Jan. 14 to receive his sentence after pleading guilty in the case of retaliating against a federal witness.
Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force Officer Ricky Carr swore out a complaint last May in a case involving Monday and Celia Haynes Edwards (also known as Tina Hawks), according to court records.
The complaint came after Carr arrested Edwards at the federal courthouse in Abingdon on a federal warrant, based on conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine and related charges.

The court document also notes that Edwards is the live-in girlfriend of Monday.
Following court proceedings in Edwards’ case, a state informant who had made “controlled purchases” from Edwards made a report to the Virginia State Police saying that he had been assaulted in January 2012 at a Cana home.
The informant’s name does not appear in the court records.
The informant told state police that he had been “contacted by Nelson Hiatt by telephone and asked to come to the residence of Nelson Hiatt, on Amazing Grace Lane in Cana, Va.,” according to the complaint.
Told to go to the rear of the home at the basement, the informant encountered Monday and Edwards there.
The informant “was repeatedly assaulted by Monday and others,” the complaint says. “While being assaulted, [the informant] heard Monday and Edwards calling him a snitch and told him not to contact law enforcement.”
The informant was able to leave the scene and sought medical treatment for unspecified injuries at the hospital, the complaint said.
The informant sought an arrest warrant for Monday for the assault.
Carr’s investigation led to a federal probation violation being issued for Edwards and a warrant being issued for Monday.
A federal grand jury issued a two-count indictment against Edwards and Monday in May 2012 for retaliation against a witness, victim or informant.
Monday later entered a guilty plea to one count of the indictment.
Court officials told The Gazette that Monday received a sentence of 46 months in the federal bureau of prisons, plus three years under supervision when he gets out.
In addition, the court ordered Monday to split $4,455.10 in restitution with Edwards, to be paid to Northern Hospital of Surry County in Mount Airy, N.C.
In Edwards’ case, she pleaded guilty to charges from 2011 including conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of meth, possessing with intent to distribute meth and being an unlawful user in possession of a firearm.
The court ordered her imprisoned for 121 months on these convictions.