Hope Tilley was sick, depressed and despairing according to her letters and pleas to her husband, David (pic), 83. She begged him to "kill" her not wishing to screw up a suicide. An Ohio court has sentenced the wheelchair bound octogenarian to 18 Years to Life. Here's the Columbus Dispatch account:
David Tilley, 83, of Guysville, was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to murder. Police responded to a 911 call from Tilley around 1:30 a.m., reporting that his wife had been shot and killed. Tilley, who recently had a leg amputated and is wheelchair-bound, surrendered to police after they arrived at his home.
Story continues belowAdvertisement While investigating the home, police said they found letters and notes written by Hope scattered throughout the house. In them, she described herself as depressed and unable to care for herself and her aging husband.
'She had a fear of killing herself because she thought she might mess it up,' said David McNamara, Tilley's defense attorney. After the sentencing, McNamara read a statement from Tilley saying he was only following through with his wife's wishes.
'It's really kind of an unfortunate situation,' Athens County Prosecutor David Warren said. 'You're dealing with a man who is 83 years old, and it's unlikely that he'll survive prison.'
Warren said that, in 28 years as a prosecutor, he had never before seen a case like this. 'As a society, we can't have people deciding to end other people's lives, even if the victim consents to it,' he said."
Love story, probably. Justice? Maybe.