Archive for Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Woman pleads guilty in arsenic-poisoning death

November 8, 2005

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— A woman who was a scientist for a drug company admitted in court Monday that she conspired with her lover five years ago to fatally poison her husband, a pediatric AIDS researcher.

Ann Miller Kontz, 35, was sentenced to 25 to 31 1/2 years in prison after her attorney read a statement saying she felt "a deep sense of remorse and regret" for Eric Miller's death.

Authorities said Kontz, who worked at GlaxoSmithKline, was having an affair with a co-worker when her husband was poisoned by arsenic, a colorless and usually tasteless poison once common in ant and rat killers.

Under a plea deal, Kontz admitted conspiring with the co-worker, Derril Willard, and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

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