Robert Fitzgerald, 83, of Waverly, faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison after his guilty plea. Sentencing has been set for June 9, in Albany before Chief U.S. District Judge Glenn Suddaby. (Dreamstime/TNS)

PLATTSBURGH — An Akwesasne man was sentenced this week in federal court nearly a year after he attempted to enter the United States from Canada and drove away from border officials.

Brennan J. Thompson, 43, of Cornwall Island, Ontario, entered a guilty plea in February in U.S. District Court in Plattsburgh to high speed flight from an immigration checkpoint under federal criminal law. He was sentenced Thursday to time served — roughly two months in jail — and three years of probation by Chief U.S. District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby.

Mr. Thompson admitted to driving away from the Massena Port of Entry on May 13, 2020, as U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers attempted to search his silver Lincoln sedan.

When officers asked Mr. Thompson to open the vehicle’s trunk, he accelerated from the checkpoint, made a U-turn and “sped back into Canada,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York.

He was arrested more than a month later on June 28. Customs and Border Protection led the investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas G. Collyer prosecuted.

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