Man charged in "mercy killing" set for sentencing

By By BRIAN SKOLOFF

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his ailing elderly wife is set for sentencing.

George Sanders says his 81-year-old wife begged him to shoot her after learning she'd come down with an infection and would be hospitalized.

The 86-year-old says Virginia Sanders didn't want to die in a hospital, so he shot her in the head on Nov. 9 at the couple's Sun City home outside Phoenix. Attorneys on both sides are calling it a "mercy killing."

He was originally charged with first-degree murder but later pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.

The World War II veteran now could be sentenced Friday to up to 12 1/2 years in prison or as little as probation.

His attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

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