State news in brief

Former deputy given 15 years in shooting death of another

WARSAW (AP) — A former upstate New York sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for killing a man to keep his double life a secret.

Joseph Mlyniec was sentenced Wednesday in Wyoming County Court, where he pleaded guilty last month to murder.

Authorities say Mlyniec shot 32-year-old Robert Irvine III four times in March, including once in the head at close range as Irvine pleaded for his life.

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.

Former Cornell student admits to weapons charges

ITHACA (AP) — A 21-year-old former Cornell University student has pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges for having a homemade bomb and cache of illegal weapons.

Maximilien Reynolds pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Tuesday. He admitted that in November 2017 he gave another student money to buy a MSR-15 Patrol rifle. He also admitted having numerous other weapons.

Police found a bomb, a gun silencer, more than 100 rounds of ammunition, two bullet-proof vests, a gas mask and numerous chemicals when they searched his Ithaca apartment and a storage unit.

He’ll be sentenced in March by Judge Thomas McAvoy in Albany. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Towns brace for higher road salt costs

BUFFALO (AP) — Some upstate New York towns are bracing for higher road salt prices this winter.

WGRZ-TV in Buffalo reports that nearly 50 cities, towns and villages pool together in Erie County to buy road salt to keep costs low. Still, the price of salt increased $20 a ton to $56.

One industry official cites the rising cost of overtime and equipment and says some suppliers are facing production shortfalls.

Erie County’s Department of Public Works says it spent $400,000 from its budget on road salt.

By Kerry Minor

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