|Less than a month after she agreed to abide by certain rules following her release from prison, an 80-year-old woman dubbed the Internet Black Widow has been charged with breaching those conditions. |
Melissa Ann Shepard is accused of accessing the internet at the Halifax Central Library on Spring Garden Road, in violation of conditions imposed by a Nova Scotia provincial court in March. Shepard left prison last month after serving her full sentence for administering a noxious substance and failing to provide the necessaries of life to Fred Weeks, her newlywed husband. Weeks fell ill at a bed-and-breakfast in Cape Breton in September 2012, days after marrying Shepard.
|Fred Weeks was given Benzodiazepine along with tranquilizers Lorazepam and Temazepam .|
|In 2005 she was locked up for five years after admitting five charges, including theft, against 85 year-old Alex Strategos, from whom she stole $40,000. He claimed Shepard spiked his ice cream which resulted in multiple hospitalizations.|
|Halifax police allege she is a high risk to re-offend. The Crown argued Shepard is a cold, calculating woman.|
"People who have contact with this lady should be careful," said Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy during sentencing. "How do you deter Melissa Ann Shepard? Let's be candid — this will not be a long-term factor."