When Horace Tajah was convicted of drugs, guns and murder charges, he was sentenced to prison, eventually deported back to Jamaica and barred from the United States for life.
Just months after his removal, Tajah tried to re-enter the U.S. by crossing the Peace Bridge on a commercial tour bus.
He was caught and so was his wife, who on Friday admitted she lied about her husband's identity during their illegal border crossing in January 2013.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque said LaTanya N. Notice allowed her husband to use her brother's passport and initially told Customs officials he was her brother.
Unlike most illegal re-entry cases, the Tajah prosecution attracted attention because of his previous criminal record in New York City, where he was convicted on multiple federal charges in 2010.
The charges include drug dealing, weapons possession and conspiracy to commit murder. He was sentenced to six years in prison and eventually deported to Jamaica.
Notice, who is also a non-citizen from Jamaica, pleaded guilty to making a false statement and will face a recommended sentence of up to six months in prison when she is sentenced in July by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.
She also will face possible deportation, a punishment she hopes to avoid.
"She has a very good argument on why she should remain," said Buffalo defense attorney John J. Molloy.
Notice's guilty plea is the result of an investigation by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.