Woman gets 24 years in plot to poison husband’s whiskey
A Grand Junction woman who admitted plotting to kill her husband by poisoning his whiskey was sentenced this morning to serve 24 years in prison.
Deone Marie Graham, 45, received the maximum term available to District Judge Brian Flynn under a plea agreement following Graham’s guilty pleas in August to solicitation to commit first-degree murder and inducing consumption of a controlled substance by fraudulent means.
Flynn, unmoved by defense pleas for leniency, said anyone plotting similar crimes should be deterred. A pre-sentence report ranked Graham as a medium risk to re-offend, Flynn said.
“I think that’s a good possibility if I weren’t to lock you up as long as I can,” the judge said.
An arrest affidavit said Graham sought to make her husband’s death appear to be a suicide. The document said Graham in February put morphine, eye drops and crushed pills into her husband’s whiskey, making him partially blind and sick for three days. Graham suspected her husband was cheating on her and she wanted him dead to collect his retirement benefits and 401(k), the affidavit said.
Graham directed another woman, who recorded conversations while acting as a Grand Junction police informant, to buy 2 grams of methamphetamine to poison her husband, explaining she’d heard “3 grams could kill a buffalo,” the affidavit said.
She was arrested April 5 following a Grand Junction police investigation.
Graham was free on bond when she was arrested again Aug. 3 in California on allegations she mailed letters to her husband, demanding he leave their marital home and claiming he wasn’t paying the bills. The letters were alleged to have violated a no-contact order between the couple.
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