According to the Los Angeles Times, an Orange County resident (E.B.) was sentenced to probation for helping an 86 year old World War II veteran (J.K.) kill himself. According to the L.A. Times, the woman helped the man commit suicide with a mixture of yogurt and Oxycontin (Oxycodone) – a narcotic pain-reliever used to immediately treat moderate to severe pain. The 66 year old woman faced three years in prison, but was not sentenced to any period of incarceration after pleading guilty to one count of felony assisted suicide. News sources report that the veteran has a history of mental illness.
"He talked to a lot of people before about wanting to kill himself," said a Senior Deputy District Attorney. The L.A. Times reports that J.K. and E.B. were friends who were occasionally seen at Starbucks with a social group. On September 30th, the woman drove the veteran to the Neptune Society. There, he made cremation and funeral arrangements. Afterwards, E.B. bought a bottle of brandy, yogurt and heartburn medication before driving J.K. to his home. Later that day, sources allege that E.B. crushed up the Oxycontin, mixed it into the yogurt and gave it to J.K. According to prosecutors, the veteran consumed the lethal mixture and died in his room a short time later.
According to a Senior Deputy District Attorney, the woman proceeded to take the man's war medals so that she could donate them to a veteran's hospital. Several hours after J.K. consumed the lethal dose of Oxycontin, E.B. called emergency services and told them that she found her friend's body at his apartment. However, investigators discovered a motion-activated camera that showed E.B. mixing the lethal concoction and giving it to J.K. If you have been accused of a crime in the L.A. area, a Los Angeles criminal attorney from Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP can give you the legal defense and assistance that you need.