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Former Perry Town Board member sentenced for murder

Wyoming County Sheriff's Department

A former Wyoming County Sheriff's sergeant and Perry Town Board member has been senced to 15 years to life in prison for the shooting death of an acquaintence in March.

The sentence for Joseph Mlyniec, 60, was handed down wednesday in Wyoming County Court in Warsaw.

Mlyniec pleaded guilty to second-degree murder a month ago in the shooting death of Robert Irvine III, 32, in his driveway in the town of Perry.

Irvine was reportedly a witness in an investigation into sexual abuse allegations against Mlyniec. Prosecutors have said Mlyniec used his authority to seek out troubled young men for sexual relationships and believed Irvine was going to expose his behavior to authorities.

Mlyniec apologized to the court and to the victims’s family in the courtroom. The sentence was agreed upon by the prosecution, defense and the victim's family.

Mlyniec was a sheriff's deputy for more than two decades and was elected to the Perry Town Board in 2013.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.
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