STAMFORD, Conn. — A 29-year-old Stamford man pleaded guilty Wednesday to orchestrating a murder-for-hire scheme involving the purchase of a restaurant in the city.
Larry Talledo-Torrejon, a citizen of Peru last residing in Stamford, made his guilty plea in Hartford federal court and faces up to 10 years in prison, according to U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly and Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Boston Field Division.
He has been detained since his arrest.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in early December, Talledo-Torrejon was trying to purchase a restaurant in Stamford for $300,000 and provided the seller with $150,000 in cashier checks and an additional $150,000 in checks drawn on bank accounts with insufficient funds.
On Dec. 5, he directed an individual who owed him $5,000 to follow the manager of the restaurant (“G.R.”) to his home in New York and to murder him.
In exchange, Talledo-Torrejon agreed to forgive the $5,000 debt and to pay the individual an additional $5,000 in cash. The individual subsequently contacted law enforcement to report the incident, and then contacted Talledo-Torrejon to tell him that he had kidnapped G.R. and was holding him.
On Dec. 7, Talledo-Torrejon provided the individual with a manila folder containing two copies of a receipt that falsely stated that Talledo-Torrejon had provided G.R. with $150,000.
He then directed the individual to provide the receipts to G.R., coerce G.R. into signing them, and kill him. Talledo-Torrejon told the individual that his pre-existing debt had been cancelled, and also suggested that they could start a business kidnapping and extorting money from persons.
On Dec. 8, Talledo-Torrejon made a complaint with the Stamford Police Department falsely claiming that G.R. had stolen the $150,000 that he had provided to buy the restaurant.
Talledo-Torrejon was arrested Dec. 8 after the individual provided him with the receipts signed by G.R., and Talledo-Torrejon provided the individual with $500 in partial payment for the murder.
He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on Sept. 7.
This matter has been investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Kale.