N. Idaho woman faces life in prison or death penalty if convicted in husband’s murder

Lori Isenberg's new mugshot
Credit: Kootenai County Jail

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Wash. — A North Idaho woman accused of killing her husband could be sentenced to life in prison or face the death penalty if convicted.

Lori Isenberg, who is currently serving time for stealing money from a local non-profit, was named the primary supect in her husband Larry’s death.

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Isenberg was arraigned Tuesday on a first-degree murder charge. She was silent in court, so a judge entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf.

Larry was found dead in Lake Coeur d’Alene in March 2018, shortly after Isenberg reported him missing. She said he fell in the water while they were boating and said he may have suffered from a medical episode. His autopsy showed no visible signs of stroke, nor evidence of drowning, but did show he had lethal levels of Bendaryl in his system.

Isenberg’s murder case will go to trial, but an exact date has not been set. The judge expects it to last around six weeks.

Isenberg faces a max penalty of life in prison or, in certain circumstances, death.

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