CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Three Cheektowaga Central High School teachers are being investigated by the district for alleged conversations with convicted killer Dontre Jones.
Jones, who was originally charged with second degree murder, was convicted of manslaughter after a three-day, non-jury trial. He pulled the trigger in Cheektowaga Town Park in May 2011, hitting and killing Ira Watkins.
Cheektowaga Police Chief David Zack tells News 4 the three teachers had inappropriate telephone conversations with Jones while he was in the Erie County Holding Center awaiting trial. The conversations, he said, interfered with the police investigation at the time.
Cheektowaga Central Superintendent Dennis Kane said he was unable to comment because of the on-going investigation. The district does tell News 4 that all three teachers were placed on paid administrative leave after the school board learned of their alleged inappropriate conversations.
Jones will be sentenced next Monday and faces a sentence of five to 25 years in prison.
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