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A South Carolina woman who was arrested for killing her husband by poisoning his drinking water with eye drops was sentenced on Thursday to 25 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
Lana Clayton, 53, of York County also pleaded guilty to tampering with food or drugs in connection to the July 21, 2018, killing of her husband, Steven Clayton.
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Lana Clayton confessed to police that she placed droplets of eye drop liquid into her husband’s water glass two days before he died, ABC News reported.
Steven Clayton, 64, was initially thought to have died of natural causes.
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But a medical examiner’s report found high levels of tetrahydrozoline, the chemical compound contained in eye drops, in his system, according to WSOC-TV.
Prosecutors in court said that Lana Clayton, a former nurse for the Department of Veterans Affairs, knew that her husband would not suspect a thing because the eye drops would be tasteless and odorless.
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Willy Thompson, the deputy solicitor, told South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Paul Burch on Thursday that when investigators began to suspect foul play, Lana Clayton told officers her husband put eye drops in his drinks all the time.
Lana Clayton was eventually arrested and charged with her husband’s death in September 2018.
Prosecutors - Lana - Clayton - Husband - Money
Prosecutors say Lana Clayton killed her husband for the money.
They allege Clayton burned her husband’s will and threw his cell phone into a lake...
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