Chemist sentenced to life


A US-based chemist has been sentenced to life for murdering her husband with thallium that she obtained from her work at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). Tianle Li, who was found guilty earlier this year of poisoning her husband and hindering her prosecution, will not be eligible for parole for over 60 years.

Li's husband, Xiaoye Wang, died on 26 January after checking himself into the University Medical Centre in Princeton with flu-like symptoms earlier in the month. During the trial the jury heard how the positive result for thallium poisoning was delivered to doctors treating Wang just one day before he died. They also heard how, in November 2012, Li had obtained bottles of a thallium salt from BMS, before returning a smaller amount.


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