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Life in prison for anti-freeze murder

Life in prison for anti-freeze murder

(Cleveland) - Sentencing was held Wednesday morning for the Cleveland woman convicted of the antifreeze murder of her boyfriend.

35-year Holly McFeeture was given life in prison with parole eligibility in 34 years for spiking Matthew Podolak's iced tea with antifreeze in 2006.

The Old Brooklyn woman was engaged to Podolak with whom she had two children. The defense called just two witnesses before the jury received the case.

Podolak's brother, Mark, is extremely pleased with the sentence.  During his victim impact statement, McFeeture never once looked at him.  He said he was not suprised.

Matthew Podolak's father, Len, asked Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Brian Corrigan to grant McFeeture some mercy during sentencing.  The elder Podolak says he has forgiven his son's killer.

Defense attorney Bret Jordan said he respects the verdict but was disappointed with it. The prosecution says McFeeture began poisoning her fiancé days or weeks before he died.

The prosecution has said the motive was her desire to end the relationship. Her defense claimed that Podolak was trying to commit suicide.

McFeeture's attorneys are trying to get a new trial, claiming prosecutors withheld evidence. The judge rejected that.

McFeeture will appeal.


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