A woman convicted of killing her husband and a stranger by putting cyanide in capsules of a popular painkiller was sentenced Friday to 90 years in prison in the nation's first death-by-product-tampering trial.
Stella Nickell did not react when the sentence was read by U.S. District Judge William Dwyer.The 44-year-old woman, of suburban Auburn, received 90-year terms each for two counts of product tampering that resulted in the deaths of her husband, Bruce Nickell, and Susan Katherine Snow of Auburn. She faced possible life terms on those two counts.
She was also sentenced to three 10-year terms for lacing with cyanide Extra-Strength Excedrin capsules found in the Nickell home and on the shelves of area stores.
All terms were to run concurrently.