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Isenberg gets life sentence

Staff Writer | May 24, 2021 12:25 PM

COEUR d’ALENE — Laurcene “Lori” Isenberg will spend at least 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to her husband’s murder.

Judge Scott Wayman sentenced Isenberg Monday morning to life in prison with 30 years fixed.

Isenberg, 67, pleaded guilty in accordance with Alford to second-degree murder.

By entering an Alford plea, Isenberg did not admit guilt but acknowledged there is enough evidence that she might be convicted if the case went to trial.

Lori Isenberg said her husband, Larry Isenberg, fell from the couple’s boat and drowned in Lake Coeur d’Alene on Feb. 13, 2018.

After a two-week search, Larry Isenberg’s body was recovered from the lake. An autopsy showed that he died due to an overdose of Benadryl.

Prosecutors said Isenberg previously researched Florida water depths, currents, tides, drownings, boating accidents and boat rentals while on a trip with her husband.

In 2019, Lori Isenberg pleaded guilty to wire fraud and theft from a federal program.

She embezzled $570,000 from the North Idaho Housing Coalition during her time as director.

She was sentenced to five years in prison on those charges.

This is a developing story.

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