DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. - A woman was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison Friday for serving her husband, a Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy, a meal laced with poison.
Lisa Allen pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Assault, avoiding trial on a charge of attempted murder.
FOX31's Heidi Hemmat spoke to Jon Allen a few weeks before his wife's sentencing. He admitted there was some trouble in his marriage.
He says his wife Lisa Allen was depressed, had threatened suicide and was spending a lot of time with a mutual male friend, still he says "I was committed and thought we were going to grow old together."
That is, until he realized his wife was planning his untimely death. "It probably took several months to even comprehend the woman I love had tried to kill me," Allen says.
He says he had been worried about his wife, especially after he learned she was researching poisonous plants on the internet, "plants like Red Caster bean and Fox Glove," he says.
He thought she might be planning to use those plants to take her own life.
But he pushed those thoughts aside the night he says Lisa called him while on duty and told him she had made him a special "romantic" dinner.
He came home to a "steaming hot plate," which he says was rare on a work night. "So I eat my spaghetti and I'm eating the salad and it tastes bitter, and I'm still not alarmed I don't think a thing."
But he became alarmed when he says he went out to the back patio and noticed two new "Fox Glove" plants with leaves missing. Deputy Allen says he compared the plant to two leaves he left in his salad bowl and realized he had eaten a potential deadly poison.
"I didn't know if I was going to die but I can't even tell you how to comprehend what's going through your mind at that point," he says.
He says he doubled over in stomach cramps and his heart was racing. A hospital toxicology test later confirmed he had been poisoned by the Fox Glove.
Lisa Allen was charged with Attempted Murder but pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Assault as part if a plea agreement this week.