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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Rabbi Fred Neulander hit man could soon be freed

Fred Neulander

CHERRY HILL, N.J.  — The self-admitted hit man who said he was hired to kill the wife of a prominent southern New Jersey rabbi in 1994 will likely be freed from prison next month.

State corrections officials tell the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill that former Collingswood resident Len Jenoff is expected to be freed Feb. 14 after spending about 14 years in custody.

"I know he's paid a great price, both in terms of personal remorse and long confinement," Frank Hartman, Jenoff's former attorney, told the newspaper.

The 68-year-old Jenoff has been serving a 23-year sentence for his part in the murder-for-hire death of Carol Neulander, the wife of Cherry Hill Rabbi Fred Neulander. She was found beaten to death in their home in 1994.

Jenoff broke the case open in 2000 when he confessed his role in the killing and implicated Neulander in his wife's death. Jenoff twice testified the rabbi hired him to kill his wife so he could carry on an affair, and Neulander eventually was convicted of murder in 2002.

Neulander is now serving a life sentence.

Jenoff changed his story several years after the trial, but then changed it back and said he had been truthful during Neulander's two murder trials. He claimed he had lied because he was depressed about his time behind bars

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