Isaiah Sweet still in custody, despite rumors, authorities say

Manchester teen charged with first-degree murder in shooting deaths of grandparents

Published: February 15 2013 | 10:59 am - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 11:32 am in

Rumors that Isaiah Sweet, the Manchester teen charged in May in the shooting deaths of his grandparents, was released from custody are false, officials said Friday morning.

Sweet, who recently turned 18, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder after the bodies of his grandparents, Richard and Janet Sweet, were found by relatives lying on a living room sofa in their Manchester home May 13.

Buchanan County Jail Administrator Russell West said Sweet is still in custody, and has been in isolation for about three days because of an altercation involving another inmate. West said Sweet won’t be in isolation for more than 10 days.

West said Sweet’s last visitor was his mother, Stacy Sweet, on May 22.

According to Sweet’s Facebook account, which has since been deleted, Sweet updated his cover photo around 1 a.m., and around 4 a.m. he became “friends” with 10 people.

Delaware County Sheriff John LeClere said he had received several calls Friday morning about the whereabouts of Sweet, but confirmed he was still in custody. LeClere added Sweet remains in a single cell in Buchanan County, where he's been in custody due to a capacity issue at the Delaware County Jail.

“Somebody may have hacked (Sweet's) Facebook account, he may have given his password to someone,” LeClere said. “It’s hard to say how it happened.”

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