Ithaca Man Has Plead Guilty to Murder from 8 Years Ago

By WBNG News

Ithaca Man Has Plead Guilty to Murder from 8 Years Ago

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 11, 2008 at 4:49 PM EDT

An Ithaca man has pleaded guilty to a murder that happened almost 8 years ago.
Federal Prosecutors say Guillermo Payano of Ithaca shot and killed 24 year old Alexander Butter Miller in 2000.

Prosecutors say the 31 year old Payano was a drug gang leader who was running a drug trafficking organization that operated in the Ithaca-Cortland area, New York City, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Payano was arrested on federal racketeering charges along with
three other gang members and charged with Miller's murder and other
crimes in September 2006.
At the time of his indictment, Payano was in federal prison on a conviction in Vermont for conspiracy to distribute narcotics.
{Payano admitted to shooting Miller to death in 2000 and leaving his body behind a metal factory off Spencer Road, which leads to Buttermilk Falls State Park.
Police say he had been shot in the head.
They say others were targets of attempted murder, drive by shootings, armed robberies and kidnapping from 1994 to 2002.
Prosecutors say Payano could get up to life in prison when he's
sentenced in federal court in Binghamton in May.

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