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Buffalo man accused of falsely testifying in murder cases, faces life in prison

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Posted at 10:42 AM, Apr 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-25 10:45:10-04

A Buffalo man faces life in prison after he was charged with obstructing justice.

According to the indictment, Jeffrey Mills, 48, was called as a witness in the trial of United States v. Eldridge, et al. on February 14, 2016 and provided federal agents with detailed information related to two unsolved murders before giving his testimony. The defendants in the case he was testifying for were accused of those murders.

Acting U.S. Attorney James Kennedy says when Mills was called by the prosecution at trial, he refused to be sworn in at first. When the judge advised him that he could face contempt proceedings if he refused to testify, Mills took the stand. However, upon taking the stand, he only said he could not remember the details of the murders which he previously gave detailed information about, according to officials.

The jury was unable to come to a verdict on the counts pertaining to the murders while convicting the defendants on trial, according to officials.

Mills is being held pending his detention hearing on April 25.