A western New York man accused of killing his fiancee to collect on her life insurance is headed to prison on a fraud conviction.
U.S. Attorney William Hochul says it’s believed to be the first time his office has used federal fraud laws to convict a killer.
A jury found Ronald Epps of Amherst, New York, guilty Wednesday of 10 counts, including fraud, arson and weapons charges. He was never charged with murder.
Epps is accused of shooting Angela Moss in the back of the head in 2009 after she made him the sole beneficiary of her $100,000 life insurance policy. Authorities say he set his apartment on fire the following year and collected about $4,000 from an insurance claim.
He faces at least 35 years in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 10.
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