MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A man who died hours after a parole hearing on his kidnapping conviction would have faced at least two more years behind bars had he survived.
A New York state parole board released the decision denying parole on Monday in the case of John Esposito.
The Long Island contractor died last week of natural causes at a prison in Ossining, N.Y.
He was serving up to life in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl in 1992. He hid her in a dungeon in his Bay Shore home for 17 days.
John Esposito's kidnapping of Katie Beers attracted national headlines following her rescue in January 1993.
Esposito claimed he was trying to rescue the child from an abusive home life.
Beers is married with children and lives in Pennsylvania.