Convict's boyfriend pleads guilty to hiding her

Convicted pill mill operator's boyfriend pleads guilty to hiding her

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Brian Paul Hatcher (Source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Brian Paul Hatcher (Source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (AP) - A Maryville man has pleaded guilty to helping his girlfriend hide after she fled during her federal trial in Knoxville on drug charges.

Brian Paul Hatcher, 32, entered a guilty plea on Thursday to acting as an accessory after the fact and retaliating against a witness.

The plea agreement calls for Hatcher to pay all fees and fines in the case and he will remain in jail until his sentencing, set for April 17, 2013.

Prosecutors said Hatcher helped hide 42-year-old Tamral "Tammy" Guzman, who disappeared during her federal trial in October.

Guzman was convicted in absentia on 57 drug and money laundering charges connected to the pain clinic she operated in Maryville.

Federal marshals caught Guzman and Hatcher in Hollywood Beach, Fla., on Oct. 31.

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