WILKES-BARRE — Punishment was handed down Thursday for a grandmother who tried to poison her son’s girlfriend.
The 82-year-old grandmother may end up spending the rest of her life in prison for putting antifreeze in a woman’s drink, all because she didn’t want the woman to get her son’s money.
Helen Galli was sentenced Thursday afternoon, about two months after she was found guilty for trying to poison her son’s girlfriend.
A judge sentenced Galli to five and a half to 12 years in prison and she was taken into custody immediately.
Galli was found guilty in October for trying to poison her son Victor’s girlfriend back in 2011 to try to keep her from getting her son’s gas lease money. Prosecutors say Galli put anti-freeze in a glass of juice intended for Dawn Simyan.
Galli will be serving time for aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment. She was also ordered to pay Simyan $70,000 in restitution, mostly for medical costs related to Simyan’s injuries from drinking anti-freeze.
This isn’t Galli’s first run-in with law
Back in 1990, Galli pleaded guilty to arson and other charges for convincing her grandchildren to set fire to their parents’ house. For that crime she was sentenced to four years home confinement and 10 years of probation.
Galli was also given probation for stealing $23 worth of meat from a grocery store in May of 2010.