ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A dairy farmer from northern New York has pleaded guilty to unlawfully employing illegal aliens.

According to federal prosecutors, 47-year-old John Barney of Adams faces six months of unsupervised release and a $3,000 fine payable to the benefit of worker Porferio Lopez's family.

Barney, one of the owner-operators of Butterville Farms in Adams, acknowledged employing at least eight illegal aliens from Guatemala on the farm, where Jefferson County emergency personnel answered a March 20 call concerning a death.

During the investigation, deputies determined several workers were Guatemalan citizens and in the United States illegally, including Lopez who died in an accident.

Barney's attorney says the fifth-generation farmer has engaged a service run by a former state labor official that screens candidates and their documents for working in the U.S.

Copyright 2011 The AP.

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