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Feb 4, 2015 11:58 AM

Ex-medical researcher gets life term in wife's cyanide death

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) A former University of Pittsburgh Medical Center researcher has been sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison without possibility of parole in the cyanide poisoning death of his neurologist wife.

Sixty-six-year-old Robert Ferrante was convicted in the fall of first-degree murder in the April 2013 death of 41-year-old Dr. Autumn Klein. Prosecutors said he laced her energy drink with cyanide.

The victim's mother, Lois Klein, said in a statement read in court Wednesday by an assistant prosecutor that the murder had robbed her and her husband of their only child.

She said, "The light of our lives has now been extinguished."

Ferrante has steadfastly denied poisoning his wife. He declined an opportunity to speak in court.


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