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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Donyell Williams, 26, and Johnny Greer, 19, both of Michigan, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. to a charge of high speed flight from an immigration checkpoint. The charge carries carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and $250,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that on March 5, 2021, at approximately 9:54 p.m., defendant Williams was driving a Jeep Commander with Ohio license plates on the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge. Co-defendant Greer was a passenger in the vehicle. As the defendants drove towards the Lewiston Port of Entry, they failed to stop for federal inspection despite numerous “stop” signs posted by Customs and Border Protection. Williams instead proceeded to accelerate through a commercial truck lane and then drove around a tire deflating strip. While being pursued by CBP officers and the New York State Police, Williams drove on the I-190 south to I-90 west at speeds ranging from 95 mph to 110 mph. A few hours later, at approximately 12:30 a.m. on March 6, 2021, the Jeep Commander was located on the side of the road in the vicinity of Dunkirk, NY, and Williams and Greer were arrested.
The pleas are the result of an investigation by Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Director of Field Operations Rose Brophy, and the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Jennifer H. Gottstine.
Defendant Greer is scheduled to be sentenced on July 27, 2021, and defendant Williams is scheduled to be sentenced on August 25, 2021, both before Judge Sinatra.
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