CLEVELAND - The woman found guilty of poisoning her fiancé with antifreeze was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years.
Lawyers were seeking a new trial in the case of Holly McFeeture, 35, who added antifreeze to Matthew Podolak's tea, which he drank each day, prosecutors said. On July 20, 2006, Podolak, 31, went to the doctor for lower back pain and was treated for kidney stones, then died the next day.
The couple lived together on Archmere Avenue in Cleveland with their two children, ages 2 and 6 months, as well as McFeeture's 8-year-old from another relationship.
Podolak's family spoke today in court, his mother Patricia Romano looking directly at McFeeture told her "I waited seven years for this day finally Matthew can rest in peace, because justice will be served."
McFeeture was arrested on July 26, 2012 for aggravated murder and contaminating substance for human consumption. It was Podolak's brother Mark who pushed investigators to take a closer look at the case. In court he asked Podolak why?
"Why put someone in unimaginable pain when you could have just walked away from the relationship. Why continue to slowly poison him when you could have stopped and why take him away from those children that he so dearly loved," said Mark Podolak.
"i will truly never be able to forgive you for what you did until you have answered this simple question for me. Shame on you for what you've done."
Podolak's father Len spoke of his pain and quoted several bible verses about forgiveness before telling the judge to "temper justice with mercy."
Testimony in the trial included a former boyfriend of McFeeture's Jamison Kennedy who said McFeeture told him at one time she had put something in Podolak's drink.
McFeeture did not speak at the sentencing on the advice of her attorney, she plans to appeal.