BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man who pleaded guilty as charged to beating and stabbing his ex-girlfriend multiple times will serve 12 years behind bars.
First Assistant District Attorney Michael Flaherty, Jr. says Jeffrey Williams, 21, was prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law after pleading guilty to 1st degree assault.
“While the severity of this assault is, fortunately, rare,” Flaherty observed, “this is but one of too many examples of violence inflicted upon women every day in Erie County. We are fortunate to have such skilled medical professionals at ECMC who probably saved the victim’s life. The District Attorney’s Office will continue to do all we can to prosecute those who commit these crimes and also we will support their victims. Once again, the efforts of the patrol officers and detectives from the Buffalo Police Department led to the apprehension and successful prosecution of this defendant and they deserve great praise.”
On April 14th, Williams broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and stabbed her multiple times resulting in a liver laceration and a collapsed lung. Authorities say he then dragged her half-naked out of the house, forced her into his car and beat her while driving for 15 minutes.
Officials say Williams eventually returned to his ex’s home and kicked her out of his vehicle and onto the front lawn. Williams was reported by witnesses to have said, “[T]his is what happens when you lie to me” to the victim.
Williams was arrested by Buffalo Police just a few hours after the incident.
Authorities say Williams’ illegal activity did not stop after his arrest. He violated a No Contact Order of Protection by calling the victim twice from jail. She then fled the state.
After the victim was located near Atlanta, Georgia, she later returned to Buffalo to prosecute Williams.