Man found guilty in Planet Fitness beating commits suicide, coroner's office says

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Jordan Lamonde and a screenshot from the surveillance tape released by police

DOVER - Jordan Lamonde, the man imprisoned in an infamous 2017 Rochester Planet Fitness beating case that stoked nationwide interest, has died at the age of 27.

Dover Police told The Rochester Voice today that the Medical Examiners Office ruled his death a suicide.

The beating that occurred in the parking lot of the Rochester Planet Fitness on June 12, 2017, became the talk of the town and the nation as a portion of the high-def surveillance tape was released by police in an effort to track down a suspect.

The high visibility of the tape on social media and the coming forward of the 19-year-old victim, was enough to spark a media frenzy, with news outlets nationwide running the story.

Lamonde, who died on Dec. 12, was found guilty of second-degree assault on Aug. 2, 2018, and sentenced to 2-5 years in state prison less than a month later.

A post on Lamonde's Facebook page on Aug. 2 of this year appears to be his most recent post. The page lists him as living in Dover.

Trial testimony showed a dubious motive for the attack: Lamonde's obsessive fury over his belief that the victim's boyfriend had allegedly stolen $30,000 in drug money proceeds from a safe in his house, causing Lamonde to hatch a plan to get even by beating her up as she left her shift at the gym.

New Hampshire State Prison officials were not immediately available for comment regarding his current status within the prison system.

According to his obit, Lamonde had a love for skiing, the outdoors and animals.

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