Feb 18, 2008, 2:29 pm
Wife poisoned over squandered jackpot
A Toronto-area doctor was convicted of poisoning his 66-year-old wife for squandering $5 million she won in a Canadian lottery, Toronto media reported.
Sentencing was set for April 25 for gynecologist Joseph Roncaioli, 72, for the 2003 poisoning death of his 66-year-old wife, Ibi in July 2003, The Toronto Star reported Monday.
The woman shared a $10 million jackpot with her hairdresser in 1991 and prosecutors told a jury northeast of Toronto in Newmarket on Saturday that her husband was furious she had frittered the money away.
Asked to explain needle marks found on her legs and feet, Roncaioli testified he injected his wife with painkillers to numb her arms so he could draw blood to determine why her health was in rapid decline, the report said.
He said he had also injected her with painkillers twice before she died.
The court heard the woman had alcohol and drug dependencies and that the couple lived virtually separate lives in their mansion, the newspaper said.
The jury deliberated for two days before finding Roncaioli guilty of manslaughter. There was no report of the maximum sentence Roncaioli could receive.