WCSO: Update on Perry Murder Investigation

Written by on March 12, 2018

News Release: Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Gregory J. Rudolph reports, “On Thursday, March 9, 2018 at about 8:00 p.m. and after about twenty-seven hours of forensic work, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office released the house and property to Cathy Mlyniec, Joseph Mlyniec’s wife. The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office investigators and forensic technicians were assisted by: NYS DEC Police (K-9 assisted in locating projectiles), NYS Parks Police (assisted utilizing their drone for an overview of the property), NYSP (Forensic Unit assisted in measurements and 3D imagery inside the residence). Additionally, Sheriff’s Office Forensic Technicians secured several electronic devices and a request will be made to the Western New York Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory to assist in analyzing for potential evidence.

On Friday, March 9, 2018, at the direction of Coroner Renee Hill, the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy of Robert Irvine, III. A Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Technician attended. The cause of death has been ruled a homicide. Additionally, it was determined Mr. Irvine had been shot four times (leg, chest, neck and head). It is believed a .45 caliber handgun was used, which was secured at the residence but further analysis needs to be conducted to confirm. A full autopsy report will not be completed for several months awaiting toxicology.

As of the 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 12, 2018, the Criminal Investigations Division has conducted 16 interviews to continue to develop a timeline for the victim, Mr. Irvine, and the defendant, Joseph Mlyniec, along with a motive. Many more interviews will be conducted in the days and weeks to come. District Attorney Donald O’Geen has reported a Felony Hearing has been waived by the defendant and there will not be an appearance in the Town of Warsaw Court on March 12, 2018. A new Town of Warsaw Court date of May 21, 2018 has been set, however, it is expected the case will be presented to the Grand Jury and transferred to Wyoming County Court in the interim. The defendant remains remanded to the Wyoming County Jail with no bail. The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to call Captain Edward Till at: 585-786-8989 or our Confidential Tipline at: 585-786-8965.”


ORIGINAL- March 8, 2018

On March 7, 2018 at 5:42 p.m., the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from 2468 Route 246 in the Town of Perry from Joseph Mlyniec (age 60 of the same address) who reported the incident. Two Deputies arrived at 5:48 p.m. and after a very brief conversation, Joseph Mlyniec, was taken into custody and transported to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim was later identified as Robert Irvine, III- age 32 of Perry. A Search Warrant has been obtained for the property and the Forensic Technicians continue to process the scene. Mlyniec was arrested and charged by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office with Murder in the second degree. He was arraigned by Judge Mohun and ordered to the Wyoming County Jail with a return date of March 12, 2018. The investigation is continuing and will continue through court proceedings.

Joseph Mlyniec retired as a Patrol Sergeant at the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office in 2008 after a twenty plus year career. In 2009 he returned to the Office on a part time basis as a Deputy Sheriff and resigned in 2013. He is also a current Councilman of the Perry Town Board. The Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O’Geen and his Office has been involved and assisting from the outset and was represented at the arraignment. Additionally, Wyoming County Coroner Renee Hill is investigating the official cause of death with the assistance of the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office. “The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office is committed to justice in this case and will utilize every resource to ensure that happens. This investigation will be conducted at the upmost professional level, leaving no stone unturned.”

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