Lana Clayton, accused of killing her husband by poisoning him with eye drops, pleaded guilty Thursday to voluntary manslaughter and tampering with a food or drug, WSOC reports. She was sentenced to 25 years behind bars.
York County detectives said Lana Clayton confessed to the crime. Prosecutors said Lana Clayton poisoned Steven Clayton with eyedrops over several days, then ignored him as he was dying.
YORK COUNTY, S.C. (WSOC) -- York County investigators said they charged a woman with murder after she admitted to poisoning her husband, but Channel 9 learned this may not have been the first time she tried to kill him.
According to officials, Lana Sue Clayton shot her husband in the head in 2016 with a crossbow while he slept. Officers told Channel 9 that at the time, both said it was an accident, and no intent to commit a crime was found.
Officials said Clayton's husband, Stephen, died July 21 from poisoning.
Neighbors said Steven Clayton's funeral was held earlier this month in the backyard of their home before detectives determined his cause of death.