Man who doused wife in lye, prompting face transplant, dies

2017-12-19 21:57
This October 2, 2008, file photo shows Herbert Rodgers, who police say doused his estranged wife with lye in a 2007 attack, in Orange County District Court in Chelsea. (Jennifer Hauck, The Valley News via AP)

This October 2, 2008, file photo shows Herbert Rodgers, who police say doused his estranged wife with lye in a 2007 attack, in Orange County District Court in Chelsea. (Jennifer Hauck, The Valley News via AP)

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Montpelier - A Vermont man who in a jealous rage doused his estranged wife with industrial-strength lye and burned her so badly she needed a face transplant has died at a Pennsylvania hospital.

Sixty-two-year-old Herbert Rodgers had been serving a 30- to 70-year prison sentence in Pennsylvania and died on Monday. Vermont officials say it appears Rodgers' death was "related to a medical issue".

Rodgers admitted breaking into Carmen Tarleton's house in 2007 intending to kill a man with whom he believed she was romantically involved. He poured the toxic chemical over her and later said, "I lost it, I just lost it".

The Vermont health services director will conduct a review of Rodgers' death.

Vermont houses some inmates out of state to alleviate overcrowding in its prisons. Rodgers was imprisoned in Michigan but was moved to Pennsylvania in June.

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