Man sentenced for trying to kill ailing wife

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Midwest City man has been sentenced to 20
years in prison after admitting to trying to kill his longtime ailing wife in a failed mercy killing.

Sixty-year-old Thomas Garrett admitted shooting 55-year-old Cynthia Garrett on Dec. 9 after picking her up from a hospital.

He told police his wife had been ill with several chronic diseases and he wanted to kill her to put her out of her misery.

He also told police they had been evicted from their house because of financial problems and he had not told his wife.

He shot her while pretending to drive to their home.

Cynthia Garrett testified during a preliminary hearing that the shooting left her paralyzed from the waist down but she said she isn't angry with her husband and still loves him.

Information from: The Oklahoman,

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