A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison after attempting to slip an abortion-inducing drug into his girlfriend’s drink. He has been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn baby.
Outagamie County Judge John Des Jardins sentenced 45-year-old Manishkumar Patel last week. He also added four years of extended supervision to Patel’s sentence, according to the Appleton Post-Crescent.
During sentencing, Patel said he had “no excuse or explanation” for his actions.
“I was convinced my unborn child would suffer the same fate,” he said, noting he and his girlfriend have another child together who was born with significant medical issues. “This did not excuse what I did.”
When he was arrested in November 2007, Patel was charged with seven felonies and two misdemeanors, including first-degree intentional homicide, burglary, two counts of violating a restraining order and stalking for his efforts to force his girlfriend to miscarry their child.
Patel tried to get his pregnant girlfriend to drink a smoothie he laced with mifepristone. But his girlfriend feared the drink had the abortion-inducing drug in it, and a lab report proved her suspicions. Those results led to Patel’s arrest.
In 2007, Court Commissioner Brian Figy described the charges against Patel as “devious, diabolical and disturbing.”