Woman sentenced to life in prison for thallium poisoning of husband

Sept. 30, 2013 at 4:21 PM

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A former chemist was sentenced to life imprisonment in New Jersey Monday for killing her husband with the tasteless, odorless and lethal chemical thallium.

Tainle Li, 44, formerly employed at pharmaceutical manufacturer Bristol-Myers Squibb, was convicted in July of fatally poisoning her husband, Xiaoye Wang, after he sought a divorce, The (Newark) Star-Ledger reported Monday.

"Rather than allow her husband to divorce her, Tianle Li chose murder. She chose death ... one that put him through a lot of pain. She calculated everything, how to kill him and how to get away with his murder," prosecutor Christie Bevaqua said at the New Brunswick sentencing hearing.

Wang was hospitalized in January 2011 on the day the couple was to finalize their divorce. He died 12 days later, the day after doctors received test results showing lethal amounts of thallium, a heavy metal, in his system, the newspaper said.

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