Mercy killer sentenced in Washington according to a ABC news report from earlier today.
Earlier this week, 55-year-old Donald McNeely pled guilty to second-degree murder for the shooting death of his wife. His adult children have asked the judge to show mercy, insisting their father acted out of compassion when he fatally shot their mother.
"I think that was his only option," said Nikki Bryant, McNeely's daughter. "He loved my mother," she said. "He still loves her very, very much."
So what prompted Donald McNeely to shoot his wife? All accounts say she did. Linda McNeely was suffering from an inoperable brain tumor, and she had asked her husband on more than one occasion to shoot her so her misery would end. On March 14, 2012, when Linda returned from hospice care, Donald watched his wife sleep for two hours before he delivered one shot to her ailing body.
According to a police report, Donald called 911 about 3 p.m. in the afternoon and told the operator he "could not stand it anymore," before calling his children, who rushed to the scene.
Washington does have a "Death With Dignity" Act which allows terminally ill adults, of sound mind, who have been given six months or less to live, the right to obtain prescription drugs which will speed up their deaths. However Linda McNeely did not qualify because of her cognitive deterioration.
Though he received only a two year sentence, Donald McNeely had faced a maximum of 18 years in prison.
What do you think about Donald McNeely's sentence? Do you feel he should have been given a stiffer sentence, or perhaps a lighter one?