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New Jersey chemist who poisoned husband with thallium gets life in prison

A judge in New Jersey has sentenced a chemist to life prison for fatally poisoning her husband during a contentious divorce.

Tianle Li won't be eligible for parole for nearly 63 years.

She denies killing her husband and has appealed.

The Monroe resident worked for New York City-based biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb. Prosecutors alleged she poisoned husband Xiaoye Wang, a computer software engineer, by giving him thallium, a tasteless, odorless poison, which she ordered through work in 2010.

Thallium is banned for consumer use in the United States and can be fatal in tiny doses and is difficult to detect in lab tests.

Wang died in January 2011.