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Mom who poisoned 3 kids gets life sentence

By Associated Press
Published November 3, 2004

SANFORD - A woman who admitted to fatally poisoning her three children on Mother's Day was sentenced Tuesday to three life terms without parole.

Andrea Williams, 32, of Longwood, pleaded guilty to three first-degree murder counts in exchange for prosecutors' agreeing to waive the death penalty.

On May 9, Williams fed fatal doses of the prescription drug Xanax to Ilona, 9, Ian, 6, and Ivey, 5, and lay down with them until they fell asleep.

"When I woke up," she told the court, "they weren't breathing."

She then stuffed the bodies into the bottom of a trundle bed.

After the murders, Williams fled to the North Carolina home of a woman with whom she'd had a relationship and was arrested May 10 on a trespassing charge. She confessed to the killings the next day, and told authorities where the bodies were hidden.

"I'm very sorry," Williams said to her family at the sentencing hearing. "I just want you to know I'm sorry for all the pain I caused."

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