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Elderly Man Who Shot Ailing Wife Gets Suspended Sentence

March 6, 1992

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ An elderly man who shot his ailing wife in an apparent mercy killing received a three-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

A prosecutor said Cortice Louie Moon, 82, meant to kill himself after shooting his wife on Aug. 22, their 60th anniversary, in her hospital bed. She died two months later.

″He thought he was doing something for her. He never intended to leave the hospital,″ said Melody LaRue, senior deputy prosecutor.

Mary Moon, 79, had been ill for 40 years, and her health had deteriorated in the months before the shooting, Ms. LaRue said. At the time of the shooting, she was in the hospital for depression.

Moon, accompanied by his two sons, said little during Thursday’s hearing.

Moon shot his wife once with a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun, police said. After a nursing assistant tackled Moon, he dropped the gun, then picked it up. The gun jammed before a nurse subdued Moon.

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