Wife begs for forgiveness, sentenced for poisoning judge’s drink

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JEFFERSON, Ohio — The FOX 8 I-Team has learned a plea agreement has been made in the poisoning investigation of an Ashtabula County common pleas judge.

The judge’s wife, Carla Hague, 71, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of felonious assault Wednesday afternoon in Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court.

The retired nurse was sentenced to two years in prison and will have a chance for judicial release after serving six months in prison.

Speaking softly and wiping tears, Carla Hague answered the judge's questions during the hearing.

"In September, I made the terrible decision to put a chemical in my husband's drink," Carla Hague said as she began to cry. "I deeply regret it and I beg for the forgiveness of my husband, children, and grandchildren. This I ask from the bottom of my heart."

Carla Hague said she thought if she put the chemical in his drink, which court officials say was wine, he would stop drinking it.

In exchange for her plea, an attempted murder charge was reduced to the felonious assault charge.

Her husband of 45 years, and several family members were in the courtroom during the plea.

Judge Charles Hague spoke to the judge.

"I am 72 and I weathered a lot of storms and this is the biggest one, but I will weather it," Hague said.

He said he is not angry at his wife. He said he is putting it behind him.

"I hope Carla can get on with her life as we get on with ours," Judge Hague said.

The couple's daughter also spoke, fighting back tears, saying she was saddened and disappointed with the situation and says she loves both of her parents.

Another daughter spoke and said the family has been dysfunctional for years; she said she loves both parents.

Carla Hague was arrested in December and bonded out shortly after her arraignment.‎

Ashtabula Sheriff William Johnson has said the investigation began a few days after the judge got sick at his home on Sept. 15. He was rushed to the hospital and then life-flighted to the Cleveland Clinic.

He was found to have a high level of antifreeze in his system. The judge has since recovered.

The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the FBI assisted in the investigation.

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