Woman gets probation in Visine attack

September 15, 2008 12:38:30 PM PDT
An East Rockaway, Long Island woman was sentenced to three years probation Monday after pleading guilty to lacing her ex-roommate's drink with Visine. Kristine Anzalone, 25, pleaded guilty in July to misdemeanor assault in the third degree. She must also pay $10,205.20 to cover the victim's medical bills.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said that on June 14, 2006 in her North Bellmore apartment, Anzalone poisoned a male roommate's beverage with Visine after a dispute about the apartment's living arrangements.

The victim suffered vomiting, diarrhea, pain and difficulty breathing and sought treatment at North Shore University Hospital.

Anzalone's arrest in 2007 came almost a year after two separate incidents, the second of which allegedly involved a plot to kill the roommate's Chihuahua.

A few months after the Visine incident, it was alleged that Anzalone used a metal cane to encourage a large pit bull to attack the dog, which died as a result. The DA's office says the dog claim became a part of the criminal charges, and that Anzalone was never convicted of anything in relation to the dog attack.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King

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