The woman convicted in the 2010 murder of an Omaha landlord and community leader died in prison Thursday, just two months after being sentenced to a life term.
Twenty-nine-year-old Monique Lee was serving her sentence at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women in York.
Nebraska Correctional Services says she complained of not feeling well Thursday night and was being monitored by nursing staff. Lee collapsed at 7:12 a.m. and staff performed CPR until York County EMT’s arrived. She was taken by ambulance to the York General Hospital where she was pronounced dead about 8:20 a.m. The cause of death has not been determined.
As is the case whenever an inmate dies in the custody of the Department of Correctional Services, a grand jury will conduct an investigation.
Lee was serving a life sentence for the murder of Karen Jenkins, who was was lured to an empty apartment she thought she was showing to a prospective tenant. Once there, Lee attacked and strangled Jenkins, her former landlord, with an electrical cord. Jenkins' body was found six days later inside an abandoned house across from the apartment building.
Gary Lee, Monique's brother, who assisted in the murder, was convicted of second-degree murder and perjury after lying on the stand and causing a mistrial in his sister's first case. He was sentenced in September to 65-100 years in prison. Monique Lee was sentenced to life for first-degree murder on November 16th.