STAMFORD, Conn. -- A 30-year-old former resident of Stamford was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for orchestrating a murder for hire scheme, authorities said.
The defendant, Larry Talledo-Torrejon, a citizen of Peru last residing in Stamford, was also ordered to pay a $150,000 fine.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in early December 2015, Talledo-Torrejon, as part of a contract to purchase a restaurant in Stamford for $300,000, provided the seller of the restaurant with $150,000 in cashier's checks and an additional $150,000 in checks drawn on bank accounts with insufficient funds.
On Dec. 5, 2015, Talledo-Torrejon directed an individual who owed him $5,000 to follow the manager of the restaurant – identified by prosecutors as “G.R.” – to his home in New York and to murder him, according to prosecutors.
In exchange for doing so, Talledo-Torrejon agreed to forgive the $5,000 debt, and to pay the individual an additional $5,000 in cash, prosecutors said.
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, according to officials.
On Dec. 7, 2015, Talledo-Torrejon provided the individual with a manila folder containing two copies of a receipt falsely stating that Talledo-Torrejon had provided G.R. with $150,000; Talledo-Torrejon directed the individual to provide the receipts to G.R., coerce G.R. into signing them and then kill him, prosecutors said.
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, prosecutors said.
On December 8, 2015, Talledo-Torrejon made a complaint with the Stamford Police Department falsely claiming that G.R. had stolen $150,000 that Talledo-Torrejon had provided G.R. to complete the purchase of the restaurant.
Talledo-Torrejon was arrested on December 8, 2015, 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, prosecutors said.
Talledo-Torrejon has been detained since his arrest.
He pleaded guilty to the offense on June 15, 2016.
The matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rahul Kale.