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Convicted Killer Found Dead In Long Island Jail Cell

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EAST MEADOW, NY (AP / WCBS 880/ 1010 WINS) - Hours after being convicted in a 2004 murder-for-hire plot, a Long Island man apparently committed suicide inside his jail cell.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

Nassau County police say 29-year-old Herve Jeannot was found hanging by a bedsheet inside his cell at the county jail in East Meadow at about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday. He was pronounced dead early Wednesday. An autopsy was being conducted.

Jeannot was convicted Tuesday of murder and weapons charges in the death of Bobby Calabrese. Prosecutors say Jeannot was paid $4,000 by a co-worker to kill Calabrese, who worked as a bookmaker’s runner.

It was the fourth trial for Jeannot on the charges. His first two trials ended in hung juries and a 2006 conviction was overturned on a technicality.

William Petrillo, the attorney for Herve Jeannot, said, “Despite the crime he was convicted of, the man I got to know was respectful and kind and well liked by many. His death is the final tragedy in this case.”
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