District Woman Pleads Guilty to Perjury For Lying to Grand Jury in Homicide Investigation
Defendant Was An Important Eyewitness in Slaying of 24-Year-Old D.C. Resident
WASHINGTON – Shadashia Gillis, also known as Shadashia Warren, 27, of Washington, D.C., has pled guilty to one count perjury for lying to a grand jury during a homicide investigation, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced today.
Gillis pled guilty on Oct. 26, 2018, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She is to be sentenced on Feb. 1, 2019, by the Honorable Milton C. Lee.
According to a proffer of facts submitted at the plea hearing, a Superior Court grand jury was investigating the Aug. 21, 2016 killing of Dante Miller, 24, after a cook-out and fish fry in 1200 block of 18th Place NE. Witnesses had identified Gillis as being present when Mr. Miller was shot by Montez Warren, and also identified her as leaving the scene with Warren.
However, during her grand jury testimony, Gillis stated that she did not know Warren. She also testified that she never was contacted by or met with a defense attorney or defense investigator for Warren. According to the proffer, prior to her testimony on Dec. 14, 2016, she had spoken with a defense attorney for Warren, exchanged text messages with the attorney, met the attorney in person, and spoke with a defense investigator for Warren.
Warren, 37, of Washington, D.C. pled guilty in February 2018 to a charge of second-degree murder while armed and was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the killing.
In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Liu commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. She also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Bates of the Appellate Division. Finally, she commended the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney David Misler, and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Kirschner, who investigated and prosecuted the perjury and murder cases.