Man sentenced to prison for putting rat poison in wife's coffee

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MADISON COUNTY, Ky. -- A man who admitted that he tried to kill his wife by putting rat poison in her coffee faced his sentencing today.

A Madison County judge sentenced William Cain to six and a half years in prison for attempted manslaughter.

WKYT's Victor Puente was in the courtroom and spoke to Cain's wife and intended victim.

Deborah Cain said she hoped she saw her ex-husband William for the last time today, but even after he admitted to putting rat poison in her coffee she said she still can't believe he tried to kill her.

Unlike the last time he was in court, William Cain stayed silent during today's sentencing. During his previous appearance he told the judge he put a little rat poison in his wife's coffee last May.

"I just couldn't believe what I saw that morning," Deborah Cain, the now ex-wife of William Cain, told Puente.

Deborah was in court as Cain received the six and a half year sentence the commonwealth recommended. Cain's lawyer asked the judge to consider probation, but he was denied.

Judge William Clouse Jr., seemed aware that probation would not do justice and that jail time was required, saying, "The fact that someone would do such a thing and not be punished would damage this community."

Deborah Cain said she has mixed feelings about the whole ordeal. She's glad the man who tried to kill her is going to prison but she still can't understand why he didn't just walk away from their broken relationship.

"I've been with the man since I was 13 years old," she said. "It's hard to see that man that I was married to to do something like this."

Cain will get credit for time served but Deborah says as part of his plea deal he will have to serve his entire sentence.

Previously, Deborah told WKYT that the toxic cup of coffee had so much rat poison in it that the liquid was tinted green, which is why she didn't drink it.


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