ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A Rochester man has admitted to his role in a drug conspiracy that led to a murder on the Seneca Indian Reservation.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 39-year-old Angelo Cruz pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine.
The charge carries a penalty of 20 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine.
Federal prosecutors say Cruz assisted in the October 1998 murder of Francisco Santos on the Seneca reservation in Erie County.
Prosecutors say Santos, a member of a Rochester drug conspiracy with Cruz, was accused of stealing money and drugs from other members.
They say Cruz and others took Santos to the reservation and stabbed him to death.
Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 4.