A 90-year-old Ohio man has been sentenced to four years in prison for killing his wife of 65 years — but he could be released after serving six months.
**KILLER** from the Cleveland suburb of Avon was originally charged with aggravated murder for smothering his 84-year-old wife, **VICTIM**, in November 2008. He pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in June as part of a plea deal.
While the law says what it says, I have to put the bad justice tag on this one. Not because justice wasn’t served, but that the law is flawed. This man was married to this woman for SIXTY-FIVE YEARS! This isn’t some troubled marriage or insurance fraud crap, the man is 90, and even 4 months might be a death sentence for him…even 4 months with NO sentence might be his last days. He had NOTHING to gain from this crime except mercy for a wife who was suffering.
I’ve lost several relatives to terminal illness, and when I knew they were suffering my feeling to find out they had passed was RELIEF! It’s bitter-sweet, but when somebody you love is suffering, and you KNOW the only end is death, you hope, if not WISH that it finds them sooner rather than later.
The fact that when our pets have such a condition where they will not recover, and they are suffering, we have them euthanized so they can die quickly, painlessly, and with dignity. Why can’t our human loved ones have the same option. ESPECIALLY when they can consent to it?
Of course no gun was used either, but that almost seems moot to my larger points…