After 30 Years, Riviera Murder Case Ends in Conviction

Ex-boyfriend, now 69, draws 20-year sentence
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2007 2:36 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Thirty years after his girlfriend disappeared, a onetime playboy lawyer was convicted of her murder yesterday, ending a tangled tale of seduction and bribery that has long fascinated the French Riviera. Although the body of casino heiress Agnes Le Roux was never found, Jean-Maurice Agnelet, 69, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after his third trial, the Telegraph reports.

Agnelet had an alibi that let him skate on murder charges in 1985, but that witness—another girlfriend, now his ex-wife—changed her story last year. Prosecutors seized the chance to press their case against the "solitary, villainous, lying vulture," Reuters reports. Agnelet's lawyer immediately said he'll appeal.