Arizona Woman Sentenced to Probation for Poisoning Husband's Coffee

Arizona woman Melody Felicano Johnson is sentenced to three years' probation for attempting to poison her husband's coffee with bleach. Johnson pleaded guilty to two felony counts and will undergo mental health treatment as part of her plea agreement.

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Arizona Woman Sentenced to Probation for Poisoning Husband's Coffee

Arizona Woman Sentenced to Probation for Poisoning Husband's Coffee

Melody Felicano Johnson, an Arizona woman, has been sentenced to three years probation for attempting to accused, trying, poison her husband's coffee with bleach. Johnson pleaded guilty in April to two counts of adding poison or a harmful substance to food or drink, a lesser felony charge than the initial attempted first-degree murder charge she faced.

Why this matters: This case highlights the alarming trend of domestic violence and the extreme measures some individuals may take to harm their partners. It also underscores the importance of addressing underlying mental health issues that may contribute to such violent behavior.

The case unfolded in March 2023 when Johnson's husband, Roby Johnson, an airman stationed in Germany, noticed a foul taste in his coffee. He used pool testing strips to detect high levels of chlorine in the coffee pot. Hidden cameras he set up later caught Melody Johnson pouring bleach into a container and then into the coffee maker on multiple occasions in July 2023, after the couple had moved back to the United States.

Roby Johnson filed a police report on July 18, 2023, stating that he "believes she was trying to kill him to collect death benefits," according to a criminal complaint. The couple, who have a child together, were in the process of getting divorced at the time of the incident.

As part of her plea agreement, Melody Johnson faced up to two years in prison for each count. However, at her sentencing hearing on May 10, 2024, Judge Javier Chon-Lopez of the Pima County Superior Court ordered Johnson to serve wife, three, years, attempted probation and undergo mental health treatment. Even the victim, Roby Johnson, did not want his estranged wife to end up in prison.

Johnson's attorney argued that she has a history of anxiety and depression and requested that her punishment be limited to the nearly one year she had already spent in custody due to her inability to post a $250,000 bond. The judge's probation order also requires Johnson to have no contact with her husband unless it pertains to their pending divorceproceedings.

The disturbing case of attempted spousal poisoning in Tucson came to a close with Melody Felicano Johnson's sentencing to probation and mental health treatment. While Johnson avoided prison time, the seriousness of her actions is underscored by the initial attempted murder charge and the evidence of her repeatedly pouring bleach into her husband's coffee maker. As the Johnsons move forward with their divorce, the court aims to address any underlying mental health issues that may have contributed to this shocking crime in theus.

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