- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - One of two men accused of killing a drug informant has pleaded guilty.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports (https://bit.ly/28K2nmp ) Rudy Ramirez-Milian pleaded guilty to a reduced count of being a party to second-degree intentional homicide Monday. Dane County prosecutors in exchange agreed to recommend he spend no more than 15 years in prison. His sentencing is set for August.

Investigators say Ramirez-Milian and Juan Aguilar-Vargas stabbed Jacob Payne in April 2015, wrapped his body in a chain and dropped it in Lake Mendota, where a canoeist later found it. Payne was working as a state and federal informant and had bought cocaine from Ramirez-Milian but there’s no indication Ramirez-Milian knew he was working for law enforcement.

Aguilar-Vargas faces one count of being a party to first-degree intentional homicide.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsj

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