Ector County Jail/Odessa American
Photo of Guerdwich Montimere, 22, who posed as a 16-year-old Ector County student named Jerry Joesph. (Photos courtesy of the Odessa American and Ector County Jail)
The man serving prison time after posing as a teenager to play high school basketball in West Texas claims his guilty plea was unlawfully induced and that he should be released because of it.
The Odessa American says 24-year-old Guerdwich Montimere also claims in a federal writ that he would be executed by a Haitian drug dealer if deported.
Montimere received a three-year sentence after pleading guilty last year to three counts of tampering with government records and two counts of sexual assault of a child.
The naturalized U.S. citizen from Haiti came to Odessa as a ninth-grader and played high school basketball as 15-year-old Jerry Joseph.
The ruse was exposed when a group of former teammates from Florida spotted Montimere during an AAU tournament in Arkansas.