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Wyoming Teen Admits To Poisoning Stepmother With Visine

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  1. Rob Cypher
    19-year-old Wyoming resident Alexis Jennings pleaded no contest to an aggravated assault charge after being accused of poisoning her stepmother with Visine. She entered the plea on Thursday in state district court.

    Jennings initially pleaded not guilty to the charge, but had a change of heart this week. In exchange for pleading guilty, prosecutors have agreed to recommend a sentence of up to four years in the Wyoming Women's Center. Had she not taken the deal, Jennings could have faced 10 years in prison.

    According to prosecutors, over the course of four months, Jennings put about 20 bottles of the popular eye drops in her stepmother's tea and coffee. This led to the stepmother being hospitalized twice with various ailments. On one of those occasions, the victim was hospitalized with decreased body temperature, stomach aches, swings in blood pressure, blurred vision, tremors and bleeding, reports the Daily Mail.

    Jennings was reportedly poisoning her stepmother because she had revealed a secret about the teen to Jennings' then-boyfriend. The secret, apparently, was that she had molested a young girl.

    After discovering a Web search history related to Visine poisonings on a computer at the house, the stepmother became suspicious. This led to Jennings being arrested. Officials said that the teen varied the dosage of the eye drops that she put into her stepmother’s beverages from as little as one-sixth of a bottle to as much as a quarter of a bottle. She got the idea for the scheme after reading a news story about someone doing something similar.

    Jennings is being held on $25,000 bond and will be sentenced at a later date.

    Evan Bleier
    Opposing Views
    Fri, March 22, 2013

    http://www.opposingviews.com/i/soci...s-jennings-admits-poisoning-stepmother-visine

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  1. Rob Cypher
    A collected list of Visine poisonings circulating around the web:

    1. In 1995 an adult customer at a Whole Foods market had his wheat-grass
      smoothie spiked with a bottle of Visine by a clerk intent upon playing a practical
      joke. The victim, Rudy Trabanino of Houston, became violently ill and had to
      be hospitalized for several days with acute pain and a variety of serious
      medical problems. The clerk responsible for the act was dismissed, and
      Whole Foods Market settled out of court with Trabanino for an undisclosed
      sum after he brought a $1 million suit against the store.

    2. On 17 November 2001, Damien Kawai, a member of the U.S. Air Force, killed his
      roommate and fellow airman, Charles Eskew, by strangling the young man, then
      attempted to conceal the crime by slitting the wrists of the corpse to make the
      death appear to be a suicide. Kawai admitted to earlier spiking his roommate's
      beer with Visine, under the belief this would render the doomed man unconscious.
      (It actually caused him to vomit and suffer labored breathing.) In May 2002, the
      19-year-old Kawai was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Eskew.

    3. In October 2003, an unnamed Southern California high school student put eye
      drops in teacher's water bottle in an attempt to give his instructor severe
      diarrhea. Others in the class who saw the act removed the adulterated beverage
      before the intended victim could drink it. The student responsible has been
      charged with tampering with a drink with intent to cause harm.

    4. In June 2006, five Wisconsin high school students trying to pull the Visine
      prank poured about a quarter of a bottle of the eyedrops into a classmate's
      water. The victim spent several days in the hospital recovering from reactions
      to the poisoning that included a dangerously low heart rate and blood pressure.
      Each of the five "pranksters" pleaded no contest to misdemeanor counts of
      battery and disorderly conduct and received sentences of 18 months' probation
      and 60 hours of community service.

    5. Also in June 2006, Kristine Anzalone served her roommate, Joseph Gentissi Jr.,
      an iced tea spiked with Visine. Gentissi experienced vomiting and bleeding from
      his rectum, and Anzalone eventually agreed to a plea bargain with prosecutors
      under which she was ordered to pay $10,000 in hospital bills, serve three years'
      probation, and obey an order of protection.

    6. In January 2009, 40-year-old Tonia L. Peterson of Fair Grove, Missouri, was
      charged with first-degree assault for dumping half a bottle of eye drops into
      her husband's tea in an attempt to kill her spouse. When investigators contacted
      the husband he reported experiencing stomach problems for the past two months,
      and poison control personnel informed a detective that ingesting too much Visine
      "would put a person in a coma with several other serious symptoms."

    7. In June 2009, Denise Moyer of Wells, Vermont, was arrested for third degree
      assault after police confirmed she'd spiked a co-worker’s drink with Visine a
      few days before the woman became ill and died. The assault took place on 31 October
      2008 at a Halloween party, and on 2 November 2008, 49-year-old Marceline Jones
      of Comstock died of what were then presumed to be natural causes.

    8. In 2012, 56-year-old Byron Shull spiked the milk of his 84-year-old father with
      Visine drops "because he thought his dad was mean and wanted to make him pay."
      Frank Shull nearly died as a result, spending one month in the hospital and
      another month in rehab.

    9. In February 2013, a Pennsylvania court sentenced 33-year-old Vickie Jo Mills to
      two to four years in prison for putting eyedrops into her boyfriend's drinking
      water 10 to 12 times, causing him to suffer from nausea, vomiting, blood
      pressure problems and breathing trouble before blood tests revealed the presence
      of tetrahydrozoline in his system. Mills said she wanted her boyfriend to pay
      more attention to her.

    10. In March 2013, a 27-year-old mechanic named Shayne Carpenter was arrested in
      Grass Valley, California, for putting eye drops in his girlfriend's drink after
      an argument with her, causing her to feel ill. The girlfriend later discovered
      that Carpenter had been texting his friends to boast about the eye drops prank
      and called the police on him.

    The active ingredient causing the poisoning in humans is tetrahydrozoline, btw. According to ye ol Wikipedia (for what that's worth),
    it is an alpha agonist and its main mechanism of action is the constriction of conjunctival blood vessels.
    This serves to relieve the redness of the eye caused by minor ocular irritants.
  2. N0rthrnCa707
    I saw this in the movie "wedding crashers." It's kind of sick because who knows how many people tried it on whoever just to be a smart ass.
  3. NastyNate
    This is just awful. Being a teen living with my parents myself, I could never understand how someone could show hatred towards anyone who provides them with so much. Each generation shows a smaller and smaller understanding of respect for your elders. Even if someone is not your real parent, they deserve some degree of respect simply because they are your elder. I could write an essay on this, haha, but I'll cut it here.
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