Woman caught on camera poisoning her Air Force husband's coffee 'avoids jail'

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By Kim Novak

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A woman who confessed to poisoning her husband after she was caught on camera pouring bleach into his coffee has reportedly avoided jail time.

Melody Felicano Johnson, 40, from Arizona, last month pleaded guilty to two counts of poisoning food or drink for putting trace amounts of bleach into husband Roby Johnson’s coffee maker on July 11 and July 18, 2023, according to Arizona’s 13 News.

Roby, who is in the Air Force, became suspicious after noticing his coffee had a strange taste while he and his family were stationed in Germany in March 2023.

He drank the coffee for two or three weeks before buying pool testing strips and finding that there was high levels of chlorine in his coffee, but not in the tap water.

Melody Felicano Johnson was accused of poisoning her husband. Credit: Pima County Sheriff's Office

Roby revealed that Melody knew he would prepare his coffee pot the night before so that it was ready for him to just press a button and make himself a coffee first thing in the morning.

He continued to pretend to drink the poisoned coffee while they remained in Germany, and waited until he and Melody - who share a child and were going through a divorce at the time - returned to Arizona before alerting authorities.

Court documents state that he did not want to report his findings in Europe, and instead set up camera in their temporary housing near Davis Monthan Air Force Base when they returned to the US in June to catch Melody in the act.

On July 6, he filed a report with the Tucson Police Department, sharing footage of Melody pouring a liquid into the pot, but they did not follow up because it could not be clearly seen what the liquid she was pouring into his drink was.

Roby then set up a second camera disguised as a fire alarm, returning to share the footage it captured with police on July 18, allegedly showing Melody pouring bleach into the coffee machine before brewing.


Melody was then arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and adding harmful substances to food, drink or medicine, but later agreed to a plea deal instead. 

According to reports, she was handed a probation sentence that includes mandatory mental health treatment that goes into effect immediately, and is not allowed to have contact with her husband without a legal team.

Roby told the court he believed Melody was trying to kill him to collect death benefits, according to court documents. 

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Woman caught on camera poisoning her Air Force husband's coffee 'avoids jail'

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By Kim Novak

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A woman who confessed to poisoning her husband after she was caught on camera pouring bleach into his coffee has reportedly avoided jail time.

Melody Felicano Johnson, 40, from Arizona, last month pleaded guilty to two counts of poisoning food or drink for putting trace amounts of bleach into husband Roby Johnson’s coffee maker on July 11 and July 18, 2023, according to Arizona’s 13 News.

Roby, who is in the Air Force, became suspicious after noticing his coffee had a strange taste while he and his family were stationed in Germany in March 2023.

He drank the coffee for two or three weeks before buying pool testing strips and finding that there was high levels of chlorine in his coffee, but not in the tap water.

Melody Felicano Johnson was accused of poisoning her husband. Credit: Pima County Sheriff's Office

Roby revealed that Melody knew he would prepare his coffee pot the night before so that it was ready for him to just press a button and make himself a coffee first thing in the morning.

He continued to pretend to drink the poisoned coffee while they remained in Germany, and waited until he and Melody - who share a child and were going through a divorce at the time - returned to Arizona before alerting authorities.

Court documents state that he did not want to report his findings in Europe, and instead set up camera in their temporary housing near Davis Monthan Air Force Base when they returned to the US in June to catch Melody in the act.

On July 6, he filed a report with the Tucson Police Department, sharing footage of Melody pouring a liquid into the pot, but they did not follow up because it could not be clearly seen what the liquid she was pouring into his drink was.

Roby then set up a second camera disguised as a fire alarm, returning to share the footage it captured with police on July 18, allegedly showing Melody pouring bleach into the coffee machine before brewing.


Melody was then arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and adding harmful substances to food, drink or medicine, but later agreed to a plea deal instead. 

According to reports, she was handed a probation sentence that includes mandatory mental health treatment that goes into effect immediately, and is not allowed to have contact with her husband without a legal team.

Roby told the court he believed Melody was trying to kill him to collect death benefits, according to court documents. 

Featured image credit: SimpleImages/Getty Images