OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. —
A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison after being convicted of spiking his pregnant girlfriend’s drink with an abortion-inducing drug.
Forty-five-year-old Manishkumar Patel was convicted in August of attempted first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child.
The Appleton Post-Crescent reports that on Sept. 17, 2007, Patel and his girlfriend went to an ice cream shop.
Patel brought her a smoothie, but she saw him split the drink into two cups and “frantically” stir the cup, the criminal complaint said.
The woman noticed powder inside. When she asked shop employees about the powder, they told her they don’t put powder in smoothies.
She never drank the spiked beverage, but miscarried weeks later.
The woman sent samples of the substance in the cup to a lab in California, which confirmed it was a drug used to terminate pregnancies.
In November of 2007, police searched Patel’s house and found an envelope of pills meant to terminate pregnancies. Patel described the pills as “abortion pills,” the complaint said. He told officers he had the pills shipped to him from India and admitted he gave his girlfriend “one pill,” but wouldn’t say when or where.
Patel was sentenced Tuesday in Outagamie County.
The former Kaukauna man had been on the run since he was charged in 2007 and forfeited a $750,000 bond. He was arrested in January 2017 in New York.
Patel said in court he didn’t want another child because he was afraid the child would have the same medical problems as his son. But he said he realized that even if the child had medical issues, the child still would have had a life.
“I have had plenty of time to think about what I did,” he said, according to the Appleton Post-Crescent. “I have no excuse or explanation for my actions.”