Murder convict found dead inside LI jail

The News Leader

October 27, 2010 8:47:51 AM PDT
Just hours after being convicted in a 2004 murder-for-hire plot, a Long Island man was found dead in the county jail.

A statement by Nassau County Sheriff Michael Sposato says 29-year-old Herve Jeannot died Tuesday night at the jail in East Meadow. He did not elaborate on the circumstances, citing an ongoing police investigation.

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.

His attorney did not immediately return a telephone call for comment.

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