Ryan Lawrence pleaded guilty Thursday morning in Onondaga County Court to first-degree murder.
Lawrence was accused of killing his 21-month old daughter Maddox at Tinker Falls in the Labrador Hollow area of northern Cortland and southern Onondaga counties in February.
Police say Lawrence dumped her body in the Inner Harbor near Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, where it was recovered.
Lawrence entered the plea at what was supposed to have been a pre-trial hearing.
He’s expected to receive a sentence of 25-years to life in prison – no parole for 25 years – on October 7th – and give up all rights to appeal.
He avoids a possible life sentence with the plea.