A woman from South Carolina, in the United States, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after admitting that she killed her husband by putting eye drops in the water he drank.
Lana Sue Clayton, 53, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for the death of Steven Clayton, 64, the CBS affiliated WBTV network reported. While admitting her responsibility, she said she was abused by her husband.
The woman had been accused of poisoning her husband by putting eye drops in her drinking water, between July 19 and 21, 2018.
It was initially believed that man died of natural causes, but an autopsy reported high levels of tetrahydrozoline, a substance found in eye drops.
Prosecutors also noted that the woman had shot her husband in 2016 with a crossbow, as reported by WSOC-TV, ABC’s allied network. Then the case was considered an accident.
“Impulsively I put Visine in Stephen’s drink and I did it with the intention of being sick and uncomfortable. I was upset about the abuse and just wanted it to leave me alone,” Clayton said in court according to a WBTV video. “I never thought I would kill him.”
This ex-nurse said she thought of using eye drops, which are colorless, colorless and tasteless, from what she had seen in movies.
Prosecutors, however, said she killed her husband for money, threw her phone into a lake so he could not ask for help and then burned her will.
Clayton had been arrested in 2018 and charged with murder.
“Of the many homicide cases I have handled, this one probably wins as the rarest so far,” said Judge Paul Burch.
In December 2019, a man from North Carolina was also accused of killing his wife using eye drops, WSOC reported.