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June 28, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Jägermeister killer sentenced to 20 years

More than six years after she killed her ex-boyfriend and poisoned his date with a bottle of Jägermeister spiked with a toxic insecticide, Janjira “Jenny” Jeffrey Smith was sentenced Friday in King County Superior Court to 20 years in prison.

Smith, now 58, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder and second-degree assault for killing her ex-boyfriend, Roger M. Lewis, 56, of Redmond, and poisoning his date, Thanyarat “Nina” Sengpharaghanh, on Oct. 26, 2006.

Smith was interviewed by police after Lewis’ death but fled to Thailand before she was arrested at a London airport in 2008 and brought back to Washington to face charges in June 2011.

According to court documents, Smith and Lewis lived together for about 18 months before he returned from a trip and told Smith he planned to marry a younger woman he’d met in the Philippines.

Smith tried in vain to win Lewis back, charging papers say, and also discovered that Lewis had a date planned with Sengpharaghanh on Oct. 6, 2006.

Under the guise of helpfulness, Smith told the other woman that Lewis liked to have a drink before a night out and arranged to have a bottle of Jägermeister, Lewis’ favorite liqueur, delivered to Sengpharaghanh’s Kirkland condo, prosecutors said.

Charging documents say that when Lewis arrived at the Kirkland condo, Sengpharaghanh offered him a shot and poured one for herself. Lewis died and Sengpharaghanh lost consciousness, prosecutors said. They were discovered by a friend the following day.

Sengpharaghanh later told police that she had been suspicious of the gift from Smith but had wanted to “make Lewis happy,” the papers say.

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