73-year Old Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Wife’s Mercy Killing

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
January 15, 2016 Updated: January 15, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif.—Authorities say a man who shot and killed his wife inside their San Francisco Bay Area home because she suffered from dementia has been sentenced to three years in prison under a plea deal.

The Oakland Tribune reports Friday that 73-year-old Jerry “JC” Canfield was sentenced to the low term Thursday for voluntary manslaughter in California. He had pleaded no contest to the crime earlier.

Police say in October, 2014, Canfield shot his 72-year-old wife in the head at their home near Oakland. He then placed roses near her body, drove to the police station and confessed. Canfield told police that he wanted to end his wife’s suffering.

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Authorities say the shooting followed a failed attempt by Canfield to kill his wife with sleeping pills.

Attorneys with the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office have declined to comment on the plea deal.