Friday, Donald McNeely was sentenced to a two-year prison term after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Thursday to shooting his terminally ill wife in 2012; his family said that it was a mercy killing and he shouldn’t go to prison for it. Donald faced up to 18 years in prison, according to ABC News.
Donald McNeely’s wife, Linda had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and one of their adult children heard her ask for someone to shoot her. On March 14, 2012, McNeely said that he sat next to his sleeping wife for two hours and starred at her and then shot her while she was sleeping. He said that he just couldn’t take it anymore. He then called 911 and told the operator that he had shot his wife, and then he called their two adult children.
Saturday, Nikki Bryant, McNeely's daughter told ABC News:
I think that was his only option. He loved my mother. He still loves her very, very much.
Linda McNeely, 52, had a blanket over her when police arrived.
Donald McNeely said that his wife asked him several times to shoot her.
The McNeely’s lived in Washington State and they have a "Death with Dignity" Act which allows terminally ill patients who have less than six months to live the ability to obtain drugs that will allow then to die. The Everett Herald reported Saturday, that Linda did not have that option.
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Sources: ABC News and Everett Herald
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