VA nurse pleads guilty to poisoning husband with eye drops

17 Janvier, 2020, 15:23 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Lana Sue Clayton admitted to giving her husband drinks laced with eye drops

A SC 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 Sue Clayton, a former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs nurse, was given her sentence after pleading guilty to manslaughter and tampering with a food or drug.

She was accused of poisoning her husband by lacing his drinking water with eye drops between July 19 and 21, 2018.

Lana Clayton was eventually arrested and charged with her husband's death in September 2018.

Prosecutors said the 53-year-old said she gave her husband, Steven Clayton, drinks laced with Visine without his knowledge over three days in July 2018 at their home in Clover, near Charlotte, N.C.

Clayton, a former Veterans Affairs Department nurse, said she got the idea of using eye drops, which are tasteless, colorless and odorless, from watching movies but thought they would cause diarrhea. Lana Clayton told the judge that she put the drops in her husband's drinks to make him sick and uncomfortable and didn't intend on killing him.

She had originally faced the death penalty or life in prison on a murder charge, before copping to the lesser charge of manslaughter under a plea agreement.

"I wanted him to leave me alone", she told the judge.

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She said she's convinced that Lana Clayton began poisoning him long before he died with the intention of killing him slowly.

Lana Clayton said her husband was abusive and she didn't mean to kill him. They said Lana Clayton was abused as a child, raped on a military base and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Lana, who was Steven's seventh wife, tried to kill herself before her arrest by taking pills and turning on the gas in the stove.

Court records show the couple lived on property worth more than $1 million and Steven Clayton, 64, has over a $1 million in other assets. He was a retired businessman from Florida.

PHOTO: Lana Clayton allegedly poisoned her husband with eye drops.

They allege Clayton burned her husband's will and threw his cell phone into a lake so that he would not be able to call for help.

"How can you maintain you did this to teach him a lesson, when it is obvious from the facts that you let him suffer for three days", Judge Paul Burch told Clayton in court.

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