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Wisconsin man gets 22 years for trying to induce miscarriage

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Posted at 6:09 PM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-09 19:09:03-04

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison after he was 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. His girlfriend never drank the spiked beverage, but miscarried weeks later.

He 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 finally arrested in New York in January 2017.

In court, Patel said 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, he still would have had a life.