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Former deputy pleads guilty to killing Perry man

October 12, 2018 12:39 PM

A former Perry Town Board member and sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder in the death of a 32-year-old Perry man.

As part of the plea deal, 60-year-old Joe Mlyniec will serve 15 years to life in prison and has waived his right to appeal.

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Mlyniec shot Robert Irvine, III to death back in March. Irvine was shot four times in the head, chest, neck, and leg in the driveway of Mlyniec's home on Route 246 in the Town of Perry.

Investigators say Mlyniec's life was "the worst kept secret" in Perry.

Saying Mlyniec would use his positions of power to convince troubled young men to come work on his farm.

They say he offered food and shelter as long as he got something in return.

The DA says Mlyniec feared people would find out what he was doing and that Irvine was going to the police to tell them about what Mlyniec did to him. 

"The whole fear of everyone finding out he was gay or bisexual weighed very heavily on him and it ran deep into his private life way back even when his mom was alive and things of that nature, weighed very heavily on him and the fact this was all coming to a head, and more and more apparent it was going to become public I think was the primary motive," said Donald O'Green, the Wyoming County District Attorney.

Prosecutors say Mylniec also feared what would happen to him if he went to prison, being a former deputy.

His sentencing is set for November 14.

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