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Video: Judge sentences Holly McFeeture to life in prison

Video: Judge sentences woman to life for anti-freeze poisoning murder

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  • CLEVELAND -- A judge has sentenced a woman convicted of slowly poisoning her boyfriend to death by spiking his drink with anti-freeze to life in prison. Holly McFeeture will be eligible for parole after serving 30 full years.

    The sentencing followed a motion hearing in court that saw the judge deny the defense's request for a new trial.

    During the sentencing, members of McFeeture's family spoke as did the relatives of her victim, Matthew Podolak.

    Podolak's mother told the judge "Matthew can finally rest in peace. Justice has been served." 

    Podolak's father says he has struggled with finding forgiveness.  He told the court "I have forgiven her but I won't forget what she did."

    McFeeture did not speak at sentencing. An appeal is planned.

    Two months ago, a jury found McFeeture guilty on two counts of fatally poisoning Matthew Podolak's iced tea with antifreeze at their home in Old Brooklyn in late July 2006.

    A pathologist with the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office, who performed the autopsy on Matthew Podolak determined he died from chronic intoxication of ethylene glycol -- the active ingredient in antifreeze.

    In July 2006, Podolak began experiencing lower back pain and went to the doctor where he was treated for kidney stones.

    On July 30, 2006, Podolak was taken to the hospital in pain. His condition deteriorated. He was in extreme pain, disoriented and vomiting. Podolak died the next day.

    Podolak's death was not ruled a homicide until 2010, after Cleveland police received a tip that ruled out suicide and accidental death.

    The couple had two children together.

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