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Man convicted of murder in Florida confesses to another murder to be closer to family in New York

By Mason White 7:10 PM November 16, 2015
James Pacheco 

By: Tanya Malhotra
A cold murder case was solved when a man decided to confess to his crime because he wanted to be closer to his family.

James Pacheco, 43, worked as a pimp when he killed his rival in Queens, New York.

Pacheco, who is in a prison in Florida after he pleaded guilty to murder, decided to come clean about killing William Figueroa on August 26, 1992, so that he can be closer to his family.

Pacheco sent a letter to detectives in New York from his prison in Apalachee Correctional Institute in Sneads.

He said that he shot Figueroa in the head in the hallway of the fifth floor of a building in Long Island City during a robbery attempt. No one was charged in the murder until now.

Pacheco said that he and the victim were rivals as they both pimped out prostitutes in the area. Pacheco said that he does not like the prison in Florida.

He wants to go back to New York, and reconnect with his family while serving life in prison.

Pacheco was brought to New York after detectives found evidence linking him to the murder, police said. He is being held without bail.

Even though Pacheco will be in New York for trial, if convicted of murder, he may be sent back to Florida to finish the prison sentence of his murder conviction.