Federal Inmate's Father Indicted On Obstruction Charge

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The 79-year-old father of a man serving a 40-year sentence for shooting a man in 2000 has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of obstruction of justice and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Nicholas Picklo is the father of Arthur Picklo, a former Columbia County sheriff's deputy and investigator for the state Insurance Commission who was convicted last year in connection with the shooting of Guadalupe Frausto.

At the time of the shooting, Arthur Picklo was investigating workers' compensation fraud. In September 2000, Picklo set up a meeting with Frausto, shot him and left him for dead. Picklo also robbed Frausto of $34,000.

Shortly after the shooting, Picklo was arrested. He was tried in state court on attempted murder and armed robbery charges, but acquitted. He was then indicted, tried and convicted of federal civil rights charges.

Prosecutors said Picklo's father, Nicholas, planted bullets at the crime scene in an effort to divert suspicion away from his son.

Investigators matched the bullets to a gun owned by Nicholas Picklo, whose whereabouts are unknown.

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