CHEEKTOWAGA (WKBW) While Dontre Jones was in the Erie County Holding Center awaiting trial on murder charges, Cheektowaga Police say he had multiple conversations with three of his high school teachers, some of which during class, heard by classmates, and included a witness's name that one teacher said "snitched" on Jones.
Several law enforcement agencies, the FBI, District Attorney, and more spoke to the media on Monday, calling the actions of these teachers "inappropriate" and even "life threatening."
Dontre Jones was charged and eventually convicted with the murder of Ira Watkins in Cheektowaga Town Park in May of 2011.
Police say during one conversation while Jones was awaiting trial, a teacher told him one that of the students had "snitched" on him, even revealing that student's name.
"This is where the line was severely crossed. There can be no question that this teacher recklessly endangered the life of a witness, who also happens to be a student at the school. Jones did not ask her if she had heard rumors, she offered the information for reasons only she knows," Cheektowaga Police Chief David Zack said.
The district says those three teachers have since been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of their investigation, but did not offer any further comment.
Officials say this is the end of police involvement in this case, and it is now up to the district to decide what to do moving forward, but the Chief did add that "some sins are unforgiveable."