The woman dubbed the Black Widow has been sentenced to
life in prison with 17 years non-parole in the High Court at
Christchurch today after being found guilty of killing her
Milner was also sentenced to six years in prison for
attempted murder, to be served concurrently.
Helen Milner, 50, was found guilty of murdering her second
husband Phil Nisbet by poisoning him with a sedative and
finishing him off by suffocating him with a pillow in 2009.
She was found guilty by a jury in the High Court at
Christchurch in December.
The 47-year-old truck driver's death was initially ruled as a
suicide, but a homicide investigation was launched two years
later after a coroner raised doubts.
Mr Nisbet's sister Lee-Ann Cartier became sceptical of
Milner's story within days of her brother's funeral and, from
her home in Queensland, did her own detective work and
supplied information to police. Her digging led to
Christchurch police reopening the investigation.