Retired firefighter sentenced in assisted suicide

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Updated: 1/16/2013 2:22 pm

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a retired firefighter who survived a joint suicide attempt that claimed his wife's life revealed that the couple had planned to kill themselves for years.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports that George Taylor also told probation officials it was his 81-year-old wife, Gewynn, who finally decided last December the time was right.

Taylor, 86, was arrested Dec. 10 after a state park ranger discovered him driving with his wife's body in the back seat of his car.

He told the ranger he suffocated her with a plastic bag, then slashed his wrists and neck and tried to suffocate himself.

He pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting a suicide.

On Wednesday he was sentenced to time served, the two days he spent in jail following his arrest.


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