March 9th, 2010
07:24 PM ET

Ohio doctor sentenced to life for poisoning wife

[Updated: 7:17 p.m.]'s Emanuella Grinberg has the full story about Ohio doctor, Yazeed Essa, who was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison.

A Cleveland jury convicted Essa last week of aggravated murder for poisoning Rosemarie Essa, his wife and the mother of his two children, with a calcium pill laced with cyanide.

Essa, 41, will be eligible for parole in 20 years, Cuyahoga County prosecutor Bill Mason said. His crime occurred before Ohio sentencing laws were changed to give judges discretion in determining when a convicted murderer is eligible for parole.

The six-week trial included testimony from more than 60 witnesses who told the story of a philandering doctor, his many mistresses and an international manhunt that crossed three continents and ended with his arrest in Cyprus in October 2006, 18 months after his wife's death.

[Updated: 6:01 p.m.]  Our affiliate in Cleveland, WJW, has a write on the sentencing.

[Posted: 4:38 p.m.] An Ohio doctor convicted last week of poisoning his wife was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison.

Yazeed Essa will be eligible for parole in 20 years, Cuyahoga County prosecutor Bill Mason announced.

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  1. Anthony

    This is a shame, he had a nice job with a high pay and he threw it all way 'cause he got into an alteraction with his wife. Shame indeed, I am an aspiring doctor and I would never think of anything like this 'cause that would just be throwing everything away that I worked hard for, shame shame shame.

    Don't drop the soap!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    Good. Such an arrogant looking guy. Got what he deserves!

    March 9, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Stephan Lee

    wow how was she poisoned?

    March 9, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Keith Bandelin

    I think it was Injected

    March 9, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stephan Lee

    oo ok thank you/

    March 9, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Keith Bandelin

    How was she poisoned? Injected?

    March 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chessyjames

    How can it be a life sentence if he's eligible for parole in 20 years?

    March 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Liberty Queen

    Yazeed Essa, poisoner of his wife, deserves the life sentence. Death would have been a more appropriate sentence.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lori

    They should have given him the death!!!

    March 9, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Crystal

    the people in this world today are just messed up. just because you are a doctor and can get certain drugs doese'nt mean you have to go and kill you wife. i thought someone would marry someone they loved an not someone they want to kill.

    March 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Justin

    so we sentence a guy to life in prison for poising his wife but we will let a child rapist free after 3-5 years???

    yeah that makes sense....

    March 9, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tammy

    Yes absolutely amazing that crimes like murder and child molestation and/or receive such minor sentences.Yet let someone be caught with marajuanna and God forbid they get 20+ and no parole. Go figure makes no sense to me.

    March 9, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brownie

    Looks like to me... The System is poison..

    March 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. emb021761

    Why just life?

    March 9, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
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