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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 15, 2022

Two Men Plead Guilty To Lying About A Murder As Jury Selection In Their Trial Was About To Get Underway

CONTACT:    Barbara Burns
PHONE:    (716) 843-5817
FAX #:    (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Dartwon Brooks, 29, and Jaemer Smith a/k/a Glizz a/k/a Jack Glizz, 20, both of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. as jury selection was set to begin in their federal trial. Brooks pleaded guilty to criminal contempt and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. Smith pleaded guilty to obstructing a federal proceeding, obstruction of justice, and making false declarations before a grand jury, which carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeremiah E. Lenihan and Misha A. Coulson, who are handling the case, stated that the defendants provided false information to law enforcement as part of an ongoing investigation into the murder of Renecameren Tucker a/k/a CJ. This false information specifically involved who was responsible for Tucker’s murder. Brooks and Smith pleaded guilty as jury selection was set to begin in their trial.  

The pleas are the culmination of an investigation by the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Michael Stansbury.

Sentencing for Brooks and Smith is scheduled for April 18, 2023, before Judge Sinatra.

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Updated December 15, 2022