Former Strong Vincent teacher convicted of killing one of his students back in 1975 dies in prison

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The former Strong Vincent teacher convicted of killing one of his students back in 1975 has died in prison.

According to his attorney, Raymond Payne 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.

Payne’s case was back in the spotlight earlier this year when Payne was given a new degree of guilt hearing.

Payne was again found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life.

The story was first reported tonight by the Erie Times News.

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