A woman who befriended her elderly neighbor now faces six years in prison for spiking the man's pastry with over-the-counter medication.
Jennifer Clark laced a store-bought apple strudel cake with a nighttime pain reliever after learning that the 82-year-old man was going to include her in his will, authorities said.
"Luckily, he noticed the pills in the strudel before he got more than a bite or two of it," said Steuben County Assistant District Attorney Travis J. Barry.
Clark, 26, was originally charged with attempted first-degree assault, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 15 years in prison. But under an agreement with prosecutors, she is expected to plead guilty Nov. 22 to one count of reckless endangerment, which carries a sentence of two to six years behind bars.
Barry, who did not identify the victim, said that "there's no question in my mind" Clark tampered with the strudel to hasten her expected inheritance. Clark was not sure whether the medication would kill the man, Barry said.