Rogers man sen­tenced

Ste­ward gets 28 years in prison for try­ing to kill wife

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - TRACY M. NEAL Tracy M. Neal can be reached by email at tneal@nwaon­ or Twit­ter @NWATracy.

BEN­TONVILLE — A Rogers man was sen­tenced to 28 years in prison Thurs­day after he ad­mit­ted to try­ing to kill his wife with rat poi­son.

Bob Ste­ward, 45, pleaded guilty to at­tempted cap­i­tal mur­der. Jury se­lec­tion had been sched­uled to be­gin Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Ste­ward told po­lice in Septem­ber he put rat poi­son pel­lets in his wife’s cof­fee, but de­scribed it as a prank. He told po­lice he had been think­ing of killing his wife for a year and thought about set­ting their home on fire while she was in the shower, ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit.

Ste­ward put rat poi­son in his wife’s cof­fee with the in­ten­tion of killing her, Joshua Robin­son, deputy prose­cu­tor, told Cir­cuit Judge Brad Kar­ren.

Janet Ste­ward told Rogers po­lice Sept. 25 her hus­band put rat poi­son in her cof­fee. Janet Ste­ward said her hus­band made her cof­fee while she was in the shower. She took a sip of the cof­fee and no­ticed a bit­ter taste. She poured the drink into the sink and saw a green sub­stance in the cof­fee, ac­cord­ing to a prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit.

Po­lice found a white cof­fee cup with green residue in it and a pack­age of ro­dent con­trol un­der the sink.

Kar­ren ac­cepted the plea agree­ment and Ste­ward’s guilty plea.

Ste­ward was sen­tenced to 28 years in the Ar­kan­sas Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tion. He must abide by a sus­pended sen­tence agree­ment for 12 years after his re­lease from prison. He re­ceived 292 days of jail credit for time he spent in jail await­ing his trial.

Ste­ward was or­dered not to have any con­tact with his wife after his ar­rest.


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