New York City, NY (The New York Post) – Brooklyn jurors swiftly convicted the Senegalese man who managed to ditch immigration officers during a layover at JFK airport.
It took the panel a mere 90 minutes to declare Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke guilty Friday. He now faces up to a year in a US jail before being deported to Senegal.
Upon hearing the news, Mbacke sat back in his chair and smiled.
The 31-year-old made national headlines when ICE officers Scott Hall, Joseph Comaj and Ahmed Lassiter allowed him to wander away to talk to someone he said was a cousin while they sat in Terminal 4 on March 27.
When their backs were turned, he fled. Security footage caught Mbacke’s miraculous escape through the international hub, scrambling up and down four floors before he finally made it into a cab.
He was eventually arrested three days later in Chicago, after fleeing New York on a Chinatown bus, jurors heard.
Defense attorney Jan Rostal argued that her client was innocent of the charges — because he hadn’t officially been in custody at the time of his escape.
She likened the attempt to get Mbacke on a plane to a “back-door deportation” and said proper paperwork hadn’t been filed.
A judge signed a deportation order for Mbacke, who was living in Detroit, in 2015. He has various convictions for weapons possessions and other charges across the US.
*It should be noted that Mbacke came to the U.S. in 2005 on a ‘diversity visa’ from the African nation of Senegal, and has a long record of arrests and convictions including three weapons charges and the armed abduction and rape of a woman in Detroit.