Two of four men charged with crimes that led to the death of Police Officer James A. Shields and injuries to his partner have pleaded guilty to felony charges of falsely reporting an incident, prosecutors confirmed Tuesday.
Darin Bonner Jr., 21, of Linwood Terrace, and Jalik Grissom, 20, of Richlawn Avenue, face prison terms of at least 18 months to 4 1/2 years when sentenced Aug. 7 by State Supreme Court Justice Joseph S. Forma, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark.
Clark and Deputy District Attorney Lawrence M. Schwegler said Forma had warned Bonner and Grissom that they will get the lenient sentences only if they cooperate in the prosecution of two others.
Bonner, who remains jailed, and Grissom, currently free on bail, otherwise would face prison terms of at least seven years, the prosecutors said.
Gregory Borrelli, 20, of Eggert Road, Amherst, and Jamar J. Mack, 19, of Crownpoint Lane, Amherst, might go on trial this summer for the events leading up to the fatal crash of Shields' patrol car Oct. 30, Clark and Schwegler said.
Borrelli, who faces trial next month, is free on bail. He is accused of calling 911 claiming the A-Plus Market at Delaware and West Delavan avenues, where he worked as a clerk, was being robbed.
Mack, who remains jailed on petit larceny and conspiracy charges, faces further proceedings in the case next month and a possible trial later this summer, the prosecutors said.
Shields, 36, was killed and his partner, Officer Kimberly Monteforte, 36, was severely injured when their patrol car hit a tree on Delaware Avenue near Bryant Street.
The officers were pursuing a Metro bus, which they had been told was carrying the men who had just robbed the market.
None of the four was charged specifically with causing Shield's death or Monteforte's injuries.