Amish minister Samuel Borntreger sentenced to prison

Sentencing was yesterday afternoon at the Courthouse in Bethany for a man accused of poisoning his wife nearly ten years ago when they lived in Harrison County.

Samuel Borntreger was sentenced to 25 years in prison on charges of second-degree murder. He had pleaded guilty June 21st in Division One of the Harrison County Circuit Court. 

Borntreger, according to court officials, will be required to serve a minimum of 85 percent of the prison sentence. Special Circuit Court Judge Terry Tschannen presided when the guilty plea was made and at Monday’s sentencing.

The 40-year-old Borntreger is the Amish minister who has been held in custody since January after telling authorities in Kentucky that he poisoned his wife, Anna Yoder Borntreger. The defendant has admitted to authorities that he put anti-freeze in vitamin drinks, as well as used a syringe to inject battery acid into his wife while she was in a coma who died late in 2006.