Retired deputy pleads guilty to murdering man to silence abuse allegations

Joseph Mlyniec pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Robert Irvine III in the town of Perry, Wyoming County. (Photo: Wyoming County Sheriff's Office)

Warsaw, N.Y. (WHAM) - A retired Wyoming County Sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty Thursday morning to murder charges.

Joseph Mlyniec pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Robert Irvine III in the town of Perry, Wyoming County.

On March 7, Irvine was shot four times - once each in the leg, chest, neck and head. Responding officers found him dead in the driveway of his home.

Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O'Geen said Mlyniec and Irvine were not strangers, describing them as ‘acquaintances.’

In April, a grand jury indicted Mylniec on murder charges, saying he shot Irvine to silence him from making sexual abuse allegations.

Mlyniec agreed to a sentence of 15 years to life in prison. He agreed to waive his right to appeal.

Mylniec retired from the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office after more than 20 years in 2008. He served as a part-time deputy from 2009-2013.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 14 at 1 p.m.

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