Ex-CMU Student Pleads Guilty In Poisoning Case

MOUNT PLEASANT (WWJ/AP) – A former Central Michigan University student who authorities say tried to poison her roommate following a dispute about dirty dishes has pleaded guilty in the case.

Kayla Bonkowski, of Sterling Heights entered the plea Friday to attempted poisoning. The 19-year-old, who originally faced up to 15 years on a poisoning charge, is due back in court for sentencing on May 10. The charge carries up to five years in prison, but Bonkowski could get her record cleared in a deal with prosecutors.

Authorities say on Nov. 11, Bonkowski put bleach in a glass of iced tea at the apartment in Union Township, located near the Mount Pleasant school. She told a judge Friday she knew her roommate would drink the beverage and she knew it could cause injury.

Police say the roommate, Bonkowski’s sorority sister, was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Bonkowski, a graduate of Warren Cousino High School, allegedly told police that she poisoned the drink because her roommate is “mean.” Police say the girls were apparently having an argument over dirty dishes.

School officials say Bonkowski dropped her classes at CMU after her December arrest.

MORE: Police Say CMU Student Tried To Poison Roommate

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