Woman who killed husband charged with violating probation

Posted July 18, 2009, at 12:26 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 50-year-old woman convicted of manslaughter for the 2008 fatal stabbing of her husband is back behind bars for allegedly violating terms of her probation.

Laureen Rugen was convicted in April for her husband’s death at their home in Portland. In a plea agreement, she was sentenced to eight years in prison, with all of it suspended except the seven months she had already served.

Prosecutors now say Rugen violated her probation when she checked into a motel on June 20 and tried to kill herself by overdosing on prescription medications and drinking alcohol. She had been living with a community of nuns in Oxford County at the time.

Rugen’s attorney told the Portland Press Herald his client needs treatment for alcohol addiction and mental health problems, but hasn’t had access to treatment because she is poor and uninsured.

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