Witness intimidation could put woman behind bars for life

BUFFALO – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging a Buffalo woman with retaliating against a witness, and retaliating against a person for providing truthful information to a law enforcement officer.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Bridgette McClain, 31, of Buffalo, posted a threatening post against a witness who testified in the trial that put Dontrell Wise behind bars for life.  A jury found that Mr. Wise killed a Cheektowaga woman after he sold a drug laced with a fentanyl substance.

The post included a photo of the witness with the word “SNITCH” superimposed over the individual’s photograph.  Above the photograph, the post included the statement, “This (expletive) Took the stand on my cuz and told lies just for her to get 20 years kill all Rats[.]”

Law enforcement officers learned of the post in November of 2018.

The defendant was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder and was released on conditions.  The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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