Cuyahoga County

McFeeture sentenced for killing Matthew Podolak

August 28, 2013

CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Brian Corrigan today sentenced Holly McFeeture to a prison term of 30 years to life for the aggravated murder of Matthew Podolak.

A jury last month found the 35-year-old McFeeture guilty of killing Podolak, the father of two of her three children, in 2006 by spiking his favorite ice tea drink with antifreeze. A pathologist testified at the trial that Podolak died a slow, painful death after consuming ethylene glycol, the active ingredient in antifreeze. He was 31 at the time of his death.

Members of Podolak’s family testified at today’s sentencing hearing. His brother Mark urged Judge Corrigan to hold McFeeture accountable for the “cold and callous” way she took Mathew Podolak’s life.

“It took seven years from the time of Matthew Podolak’s death to reach this outcome, but I hope this helps his family find the closure and peace they deserve,’’ said Assistant County Prosecutor Brian McDonough, who tried the case along with Assistant County Prosecutor Alison Foy.

Before the sentencing hearing began, Judge Corrigan rejected a pair of motions from the defense that sought to overturn the jury’s verdict.

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