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Perry Town Board member, retired deputy charged with murder

March 08, 2018 06:42 PM

 A Perry Town Board member has been charged with second-degree murder after he allegedly shot a man to death on Wednesday.

According to court documents, 60-year-old Joe Mlyniec is accused of shooting 32-year-old Robert Irvine, III in the head in the driveway of Mlyniec's home on Route 246 in the Town of Perry.

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Investigators won't say how many times the victim was shot, but did say Mlyniec called 911 around 5:50 p.m. to report the incident. Authorities say Irvine was shot with a handgun that police believe Mlyneic owned. 

The two men were acquaintances, but it's unclear how they knew each other. Investigators say they're still trying to figure out why Irvine came to Mlyniec's farm last night and what led to the shooting.

News10NBC asked Sheriff Gregory Rudolph whether there was any conflict of interest with his department investigating the case.

"We have examined that," Sheriff Rudolph said. "We've had those conversations internally and externally with the district attorney. We are more than confident that this investigation will be done thoroughly, professionally, and to the nth degree."

Mlyniec is also a councilman on the Perry Town Board.

Irvine's girlfriend, Christina King, says Robbie stopped at Joe's Wednesday night on his way home from work, but wasn't sure why. She has been hit hard by her boyfriend's death ("I just feel lost," she says), but she says the two did know each other.

"I think Joe met Robbie when Robbie was younger," she says, "He was incarcerated and I think Joe met him at the jail and kinda became his friend outside of that." 

It was something that Mlyniec's friends backed up- that that was the type of person he is.

"Joe has had a history of helping out people [like] that, boys at different times that have helped him on the farm. I assume this boy had helped him on the farm, and that's where the relationship came from, Joe didn't have any children himself," says Jim Brink, Perry's Town Supervisor, a friend of Mlyniec for 40 years.

They both were elected to town government, both members of the local fire department, and in fact their farms butt up to one another.

"It was a very restless night, I can tell you that," he says. He's not the only one shocked by this, he tells me he's been fielding calls from town members all day too. 

"I think people are shocked," he says, "being well-known in the community and having an event like this happen, it's very unfortunate."

Mlyniec was a patrol sergeant in the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office for over 20 years. He retired in 2008 and went back part time until 2013.

Mlyniec is being held without bail. He is set to appear in Warsaw Town Court on Monday at 5 p.m.

Stay with News10NBC for updates on this developing story.

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