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March 31, 2013

Court shows compassion for loving husband in mercy killing

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PHOENIX —

He said his wife begged him to kill her. “I said, ‘I can’t do it honey,”’ he told the detective. “She says, ‘Yes you can.”’

Sanders then got his revolver and wrapped a towel around it so the bullet wouldn’t go into the kitchen. “She says, ‘Is this going to hurt?’ and I said, ‘You won’t feel a thing,”’ he said.

“She was saying, ‘Do it. Do it. Do it.’ And I just let it go,” Sanders added.

In court Friday, as Sanders awaited his fate, his son told the judge the family never wanted him to be prosecuted.

“I want the court to know that I loved my mother dearly,” Steve Sanders said. “But I would also like the court to know that I equally love my father.”

Breaking down at times in tears, he explained how his parent’s spent 62 years together, and his father took care of his mother day in and day out.

“I fully believe that the doctor’s visits, the appointments, the medical phone calls and the awaiting hospital bed led to the decision that my parents made together,” he said. “I do not fault my father.

“A lot of people have hero figures in their life, LeBron James ... some world class figures ... but I have to tell you my lifelong hero is my dad,” he told the judge, sobbing.

George Sanders, wearing khakis and a white sport coat, spoke for only a minute about his deep love for his wife.

“Your honor, I met Ginger when she was 15 years old and I’ve loved her since she was 15 years old. I loved her when she was 81 years old,” he said, trembling.

“It was a blessing, and I was happy to take care of her,” Sanders continued. “I am sorry for all the grief and pain and sorrow I’ve caused people.”

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