No plea deal for wife in murder attempt

November 15, 2008 5:47:35 PM PST
A judge has rejected a plea deal that would have sent a Coventry woman to prison for 10 years for trying twice to kill her husband. Rockville Superior Court Judge Terence Sullivan said Friday that the severity of 28-year-old Jennifer Ratti's crime calls for more time in prison.

Ratti pleaded guilty in September to attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and inciting injury to a person.

Prosecutors say she put bug killer in Joshua Ratti's food and antifreeze in his soda, and later tried to hire a hit man. He was hospitalized after ingesting the poisonous substances, but has recovered.

Jennifer Ratti has said she was upset because he wanted to end their marriage. Their divorce became final in late 2007, about six months after her arrest.

Ratti returns to court Dec. 5. She must either reach a plea deal with a longer prison sentence, or withdraw her guilty plea and go to trial.

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