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"Coffee Killer" Poisoned Wife, Gets 19 Years to Life

The anti-caffeine cabal has long been hopped up on the idea that coffee will kill you, but a growing body of research shows caffeine may actually do all kinds of pleasant things like lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk of gallstones and help with colon cancer. That's according to the Harvard School of Medicine. Moreover, moderate coffee drinking has been linked to reduced heart disease, according to a new study published in the medical journal of the American Heart Association.Of course, java juice isn't for everyone. Some people get increased anxiety and hand shakes. And everyone has to go to the bathroom.

(CBS)
NEW YORK (CBS/AP) A Long Island, N.Y. man who admitted killing his wife by lacing her coffee with cyanide has been sentenced to 19 years to life in prison.

David Steeves pleaded guilty in June to second-degree murder in the death of his 41-year-old wife, Maureen.

An autopsy found the woman was killed by potassium cyanide poisoning. Defense attorney Craig McElwee said the 45-year-old Steeves bought the cyanide to kill himself but "chickened out" and gave it to his wife instead.

Steeves pleaded guilty after prosecutors assured him that his sons would not be in court for the sentencing.

The boys, ages 17 and 15, wrote letters to the judge, saying their father deserved no mercy.

What he got, was a well-deserved serving of justice.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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