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Sterling woman behind bars for poisoning co-workers

A 33-year-old Sterling woman is starting a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence after tampering with drinks in her workplace in an attempt to make her supervisor sick.

Beginning in January 2016, co-workers of Mayda Edith Rivera Juarez began experiencing stomach pain, vomiting, nausea and other physical ailments, according to the Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.

One of Rivera Juarez’s co-workers noticed his symptoms usually came on soon after drinking coffee from his workplace breakroom.

In October 2016 the victim reported his suspicions that someone was tampering with the coffee machine to his supervisor. Security camera footage from the breakroom was then examined. The supervisor observed Rivera Juarez pouring Windex into the water reservoir of the office coffee maker. She was immediately dismissed from her job.

Rivera Juarez admitted to a Loudoun County Sheriff's Office detective she'd intentionally put Windex in the coffee machine in a bid to make her supervisor sick. She added she had also put Ajax dish soap in the coffee machine on a prior occasion and poured Ajax dish soap directly into her supervisor’s coffee cup.

Rivera Juarez pleaded guilty to the offense on Feb. 27.

Yesterday Rivera Juarez appeared before Judge Jeanette A. Irby at the Loudoun County Circuit Court for sentencing on one count of adulteration of food with intent to injure or kill.

Irby handed down a sentence of three years and six months in the Virginia Department of Corrections. Upon her release, Rivera Juarez will be placed on three years of post-release supervision.


sounds really excessive 3.50 years. Should get community service for a year.

Wow, only 3 years, 6 months…

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