NEW ORLEANS -- A New Orleans woman pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to buying guns for her felon boyfriend who is linked to the killing of a witness in a high-profile murder case.
Celestine Skia, 43, confessed to buying three guns in separate purchases for convicted felon Walter Porter.
Porter is an associate of convicted killer and alleged crime kingpin Telly Hankton. Both men are at the center of a sprawling, ongoing federal probe into drugs and murders in the city.
Skia acknowledged buying a rifle in 2009 at the Kenner Gun show, and a pistol at the show a year later.
And on October 15, 2011, she bought another pistol at Cabela’s in Gonzalez. That same day, her boyfriend allegedly gunned down 61-year-old Curtis Matthews, the brother of a key witness in Hankton’s state murder trial.
Police and prosecutors have portrayed it as a case of intimidation and retaliation, calling Hankton one of the most dangerous men in the city.
Authorities have not said what crimes, if any, are linked to the guns Skia purchased for Porter.
Skia allegedly shared a home with Porter in the 4700 block of South Liberty Street. Police also alleged she helped remove incriminating evidence from the residence in the days after Matthews’ murder and provided a hotel room for Porter to hide out.
Skia faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
Porter is currently in federal custody on gun and bank robbery charges. He has not been charged in federal court with any killings.