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|Died||September 11, 2014 (aged 43)|
|Other names||"The Poughkeepsie Killer"|
|Conviction(s)||First degree murder (8 counts)|
|Criminal penalty||Life imprisonment without parole|
Span of crimes
|October 1996 – August 26, 1998|
|September 2, 1998|
Kendall Francois (July 26, 1971 – September 11, 2014) was a serial killer from Poughkeepsie, New York, convicted of killing eight women, from 1996 to 1998. After his conviction and sentencing, Francois was housed in the Attica Correctional Facility until being transferred to the Wende Correctional Facility shortly before his death. It was revealed in his trial in 2000 that he tested positive for HIV in 1995, but this was not said to have been related to his death.
Trial and sentence
In August 2000, Francois was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to 8 counts of first degree murder. The plea agreement allowed him to avoid a possible death sentence. Francois was incarcerated in Attica Correctional Facility until shortly before his death.
He died in the Wende Correctional Facility on September 11, 2014, at the age of 43. The official cause of death was "AIDS related illness” According to a woman who corresponded with Francois in prison, he had HIV.
|Name||Age||Date of death|
|Wendy Meyers||30||c. October 1996|
|Gina Barone||29||c. November 1996|
|Catherine Marsh||31||c. November 1996|
|Kathleen Hurley||47||c. January 1997|
|Mary Healey Giaccone||29||c. February 1997|
|Sandra Jean French||51||c. June 1998|
|Audrey Pugliese||34||c. August 1998|
|Catina Newmaster||25||c. August 1998|
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