Sun City man gets probation in mercy killing of wife - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Sun City man gets probation in mercy killing of wife

George Sanders. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) George Sanders. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A Sun City man who said he shot his wife because she suffered unbearable pain was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation.

George Frazey Sanders, 86, pleaded guilty to manslaughter Feb. 19 in the November shooting death of his wife, 81-year-old Virginia Sanders.

George Sanders was sentenced for the mercy killing Friday morning by Judge John Ditsworth after an emotional hearing that included tearful testimony from family members. George Sanders could have faced as many as 12 years in prison.

Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies found Virginia Sanders with a gunshot wound to the head Nov. 9, and she died two days later.

George Sanders told deputies his wife was experiencing excruciating pain from multiple sclerosis and that she begged him to shoot her.

The couple relocated from Washington state to Sun City in the 1970s shortly after her multiple sclerosis diagnosis because of the warm, dry climate, George Sanders said.

He said a doctor diagnosed his wife with gangrene in a foot only days before the shooting.

Sanders telephoned a caregiver and told her had shot his wife. The caregiver notified deputies and they arrested Sanders without incident at his home.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Trump says he doesn't think personal lawyer will 'flip'

    Trump says he doesn't think personal lawyer will 'flip'

    Saturday, April 21 2018 9:14 AM EDT2018-04-21 13:14:09 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 1:28 PM EDT2018-04-21 17:28:17 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File). FILE - In a Monday, April 16, 2018, file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, center, leaves federal court, in New York. Federal prosecutors said they can give President Donald Trump's person...(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File). FILE - In a Monday, April 16, 2018, file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, center, leaves federal court, in New York. Federal prosecutors said they can give President Donald Trump's person...

    President Donald Trump says he doesn't expect personal lawyer Michael Cohen to "flip" as the government investigates Cohen's business dealings.

    More >>

    President Donald Trump says he doesn't expect personal lawyer Michael Cohen to "flip" as the government investigates Cohen's business dealings.

    More >>
  • Israel's Lieberman blames Hamas over Gaza deaths

    Israel's Lieberman blames Hamas over Gaza deaths

    Saturday, April 21 2018 1:44 AM EDT2018-04-21 05:44:10 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 1:27 PM EDT2018-04-21 17:27:21 GMT
    (AP Photo/Adel Hana). Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, April 20, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians joined the fourth weekly protes...(AP Photo/Adel Hana). Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, April 20, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians joined the fourth weekly protes...

    Gaza health officials say 4 Palestinians, including 15-year-old boy, killed by Israeli army fire as thousands join fourth weekly protests on Gaza border.

    More >>

    Gaza health officials say 4 Palestinians, including 15-year-old boy, killed by Israeli army fire as thousands join fourth weekly protests on Gaza border.

    More >>
  • The Latest: Bush was 'first lady of the greatest generation'

    The Latest: Bush was 'first lady of the greatest generation'

    Saturday, April 21 2018 10:44 AM EDT2018-04-21 14:44:47 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 1:26 PM EDT2018-04-21 17:26:34 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Attendees arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Attendees arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston.

    Guests have begun to arrive at St. Martin's Church in Houston for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.

    More >>

    Guests have begun to arrive at St. Martin's Church in Houston for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly