BY JOEL GROSSBARTH
The man convicted by a Rockland jury in 1985 of kidnapping, sexually torturing and murdering a Norwegian model will have to wait a while longer before he appears before a parole board to plea for his freedom. Bernard LeGeros’s next appearance before a parole board has been rescheduled for May 2017.
The New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision adjourned LeGeros’s hearing for another six-month period, presumably since certain documents were unavailable. The parole board did not reach a decision on parole for LeGeros in postponing his application. The board could have put off the hearing for twenty-four months, but instead, schedule the hearing for a shortened six-month cycle.
LeGeros has been denied parole on three separate occasions since completing the minimum 25 years on his 25 years to life sentence. LeGeros was convicted for the kidnapping, sexual torture and killing of Norwegian model Eigel Vesti. Vesti’s charred body was discovered on the estate of a United Nations executive in Stony Point, wearing only a black leather mask. Vesti was sexually tortured and shot in the back of his head at close range.
Police arrested Bernard J. LeGeros, the son of the United Nations official, and charged him with the sexual torture and murder of Vesti. LeGeros, who worked at an art gallery in Manhattan quickly confessed to shooting Vesti after a night of sadomasochistic sex. But LeGeros claimed his millionaire art dealer boss Andrew Crispo had already stabbed Vesti to death by the time he fired the shots into his head.
LeGeros is currently serving his sentence at Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Since some of the factors the parole board focuses on are the serious nature of the crime and whether the inmate has taken responsibility for his crimes, as well remorse, parole for LeGeros may be difficult.