Woman pleads guilty to killing husband on Lake Coeur d’Alene

February 12, 2021 GMT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Coeur d’Alene, Idaho woman has pleaded guilty to killing her husband, who disappeared while boating in 2018.

Lori Isenberg pleaded guilty on Thursday.

It took search crews a month to find 68-year-old Larry Isenberg’s body after she said he fell off his boat on Lake Coeur d’Alene on Feb. 13, 2018, The Spokesman-Review reported.

Prosecutors accused his wife of planning to poison and drown her husband after an autopsy found he had lethal levels of Benadryl in his system.


In a letter Isenberg wrote to friends a week after her husband’s death, she claimed he fell overboard while leaning over the stalled motor to inspect it. She said she tried to grab him but instead tripped over a space heater, striking her head.

She called 911 two hours later, telling a detective she’d left her phone at home and initially thought her husband’s was in his pocket. She eventually called from his phone and said she had waited because she didn’t want to leave the area where he fell.

Weeks after her husband died, Isenberg was charged with embezzling half-a-million dollars from her former employer in a case of wire fraud that her daughters were also convicted of in 2019. Isenberg pleaded guilty in 2019 to three counts of wire fraud in that case and sentenced to five years in prison.