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Woman Ordered to Trial for Alleged Poisoning

A grandmother from Luzerne County was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on charges she poisoned her son's girlfriend.

Police said she did it because she didn't want the girlfriend to get her son's money.

Helen Galli of Wyoming may be 79 years old, but police said she poisoned her son's girlfriend with anti-freeze. She was in district court in West Pittston, to see if a judge find there was enough evidence to send all charges to the Luzerne County court.

The spry grandmother is facing aggravated assault charges after, police said, she served up a glass of tainted juicy juice to Dawn Simyan just over a year ago. Simyan was dating her Galli's son, Victor at the time.

In 1990, Helen Galli was accused of convincing her grandchildren to set a fire at their parent's home. Police claimed the motive was money and custody of the grandchildren.

At that time, Galli pleaded guilty to arson and other charges and was sentenced to four years home confinement and 10 years probation.

Dawn Simyan said it's about time Galli pays for what she allegedly did.
"She needs to be stopped before she kills somebody. Do I fear her? Not really, no. I don't," Simyan said.

"I think Mrs. Galli is a controlling lady, trying to control the situation in this case. She didn't want her son to be with Mrs. Simyan and do whatever it took for him not to be with her," said Assistant District Attorney Frank McCabe.

Galli is free on bail.


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