The former Strong Vincent teacher convicted of killing one of his students in 1975 has died in prison.
According to his attorney, Raymond Payne has died of COVID-19 complications. A department of corrections spokesperson also confirmed Payne’s death on November 25th.
The 83-year-old was serving a life sentence for the murder of Debbie Gama. The case was back in the spotlight earlier this year when Payne was given a new Degree of Guilt hearing.
He was again found guilty of first degree murder and re-sentenced to life in prison. The story was first reported last night by the Erie Times News.