Bristol-Myers Squibb chemist gets life in prison for poisoning husband

Romances go bad for folks in the pharmaceutical business, like most others, but rarely this bad.

A Bristol-Myers Squibb chemist, Tianle Li, was sentenced to life in prison Monday for poisoning her husband with thallium, which she ordered through work in 2010. She was unhappy with the couple's pending divorce.

The family lived in Monroe Township and Tianle Li worked at the BMS facility in Lawrenceville. Xiaoye Wang, computer software engineer, got one of his degrees at Penn.

The Associated Press story is below.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A judge in New Jersey has sentenced a chemist to life prison for fatally poisoning her husband during a contentious divorce.

Tianle Li was sentenced Monday. She won’t be eligible for parole for nearly 63 years.

Li denies killing her husband and is appealing her conviction.

The Monroe resident worked for New York City-based biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb. Prosecutors alleged she

poisoned husband Xiaoye Wang, a computer software engineer, by giving him thallium, a tasteless, odorless poison,

which she ordered through work in 2010.

Thallium is banned for consumer use in the United States. It can be fatal in tiny doses and is difficult to detect in lab tests.

Wang died in January 2011.

Judge Michael Toto says Wang’s murder was “planned, calculated and committed in a cool and depraved manner.”