Rochester man pleads guilty to 1998 murder

Created: 05/28/2014 10:21 PM WHEC.com

A Rochester man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to a murder from 1998.

Pablo Plaza, 38, of Rochester, pleaded guilty to the commission of a murder while engaged in a drug trafficking conspiracy.

The assistant U.S. attorney handling the case says Plaza murdered Francisco Santos at the Seneca Indian Reservation in Erie County in October 1998. The murder was part of a drug trafficking conspiracy in the Rochester area, which included cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana, from 1993 to March 2011. 

Four others were charged in connection with Santos’ death. James Kendrick, Pablo Plaza (Plaza’s older brother with the same name), Janine Plaza and Angelo Cruz were also charged in connection with Santos’ death. Their trials are expected to take place later this year.

Sentencing for Plaza is scheduled for September 2 at 3:00 pm. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years and a maximum of life, and a $250,000.

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