‘His life was cut short because of someone’s selfish actions’: Family of Lori Isenberg speak out against her

SPOKANE, Wash. — An Idaho woman will likely spend the rest of her life in prison. Lori Isenberg was sentenced for killing her husband in Lake Coeur d’Alene in 2018.

It was an extremely emotional hearing, with both Isenberg’s daughter and stepson testifying against her.

Lori Isenberg is already in prison. She was convicted of embezzling money from the North Idaho nonprofit where she worked. Her husband Larry was found dead in Lake Coeur d’Alene around the same time.

“I was an emotional and physical wreck,” said Isenberg.

An emotional and physical wreck after embezzling more than $500,000 from the North Idaho Housing Coalition.

“That day on the lake I was not thinking very well. I do not remember the details. It was a blur of shock and horror and confusion,” she said.

She said that horror and confusion stemmed from wanting to commit suicide, but it wasn’t her life she ended up taking.

“I am responsible for Larry’s death and I have known that from the very first day,” said Isenberg.

Larry was found dead in Lake Coeur d’Alene back in 2018. An autopsy revealed he had lethal levels of Benadryl in his system.

“A part of my heart has died as I learned his life was cut short because of someone’s selfish actions. Not just someone, but someone who truly loved him and who he deeply loved,” said Chrislyn Woolston, Lori’s daughter.

“My family never got the chance to know him like I did. It’s a huge loss to my wife, our children, and myself not to have him,” said Dean Isenberg, Larry’s son.

A huge loss Lori says stemmed from her own mental state, causing her to do the unthinkable.

“Larry would still be alive if not for me fixing a drink with Benadryl in it so I would be able to selfishly and cowardly take my life,” she said.

“When I review all of the evidence that ‘s been presented here, your truth doesn’t hold up,” said Judge Scott Wayman.

Judge Wayman sentenced Isenberg to life in prison. She’ll be eligible for possible release after 30 years.

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