Former Maryville pain clinic operator back in court

Former Maryville pain clinic operator back in court after fleeing trial

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Tamral Guzman (Source: Knox County) Tamral Guzman (Source: Knox County)
"The federal agencies, especially the marshals, are going to find you sooner or later," said U.S. Attorney William Killian. "There are very few people they don't find eventually." "The federal agencies, especially the marshals, are going to find you sooner or later," said U.S. Attorney William Killian. "There are very few people they don't find eventually."

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Maryville pain clinic operator who fled from her federal drug trial was back in federal court Thursday.

Tamral "Tammy" Guzman, 42, pleaded guilty to failure to appear.

She fled the area just before she was convicted on drug, money laundering and conspiracy charges.

Guzman went before a federal judge, admitting to making bail, then failing to appear to court for her trial.

She admitted to fleeing to Florida in an attempt to avoid being located by law enforcement.

Guzman operated a Maryville pain clinic that was raided in 2010. Her trial was scheduled for September of 2012.

Though she was present for several days of testimony, she failed to appear in court on the trial's seventh day.

On Oct. 2, a failure to appear warrant was issued and the trial went forward.

On Oct. 4, Guzman was convicted on 57 drug, money laundering and conspiracy charges.

Authorities tracked her to Florida after locating the vehicle she used.

U.S. Attorney William Killian says justice was served and the fact she's back in custody after trying to flee sends a message.

"We think it deters people from running away from trials or running away from custody of the marshals," said Killian.

For the failure to appear conviction, Guzman could face up to ten years behind bars and a $250,000 fine.

The prison time for failing to appear would be served after the drug and money laundering sentence with no parole.

It's a longer sentence that could have been avoided if she simply showed up for court.

"The federal agencies, especially the marshals, are going to find you sooner or later," said Killian. "There are very few people they don't find eventually."

Guzman will be back in federal court for a sentencing hearing on March 20 at 10 a.m.

On that sentencing date, Guzman is scheduled to be sentenced for the 57-count drug and money laundering conviction as well as the failure to appear conviction.

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