Driver Sentenced for Possession of Fentanyl and Causing Crash That Injured Another Motorist

Modified: July 20, 2022 11:29am

7/20/2022

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 43-year-old Willie D. Green, also known as Dennis M. Brown, of Buffalo was sentenced this morning before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan to a determinate sentence of 6 years in prison followed by 2 years of post-release supervision. He was sentenced today as a second felony offender.

On Saturday, April 16, 2022, at approximately 8:45 p.m., the defendant was driving, while under the influence of a drug, northbound on Wilson Street when he caused a collision with another vehicle that was traveling eastbound on Sycamore Street in the City of Buffalo. During the investigation, the defendant was found in possession of more than ½ ounce of fentanyl.

The driver of the other vehicle, a 68-year-old man, was taken to ECMC where he received treatment for head trauma. The victim continues to recover from the injury.

Green pleaded guilty to one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (Class “B” felony) and one count of Vehicular Assault in the Second Degree (Class “E” felony). The defendant pleaded guilty to the highest sustainable charges on May 17, 2022. Today, he received a determinate sentence of 6 years in prison on the drug charge and an indeterminate sentence of 2 to 4 years on the assault charge, which will be served concurrently.

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department Accident Investigation Unit for their work in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christopher M. McCarthy of the Vehicular Crimes Unit.