Wednesday, April 28, 2010

In Texas Judge Says Killing A Disabled Man Is Not Murder

Well here’s cute story (not). Texas woman admits killing her medically disabled husband. Gets 10 years probation for “injury to a disabled individual.” No kidding – I’d say killing someone is definitely an injury, wouldn’t you? I’ll bet that the sentence wouldn’t have been the same if her husband had not been medically disabled – then it would have been plain ol’ murder. Lesson taught? People with medical disabilities are of less value in the eyes of the law than others. How pathetic.
Woman who killed ailing husband gets probation
An Austin woman who gave her disabled husband a fatal drug cocktail before trying to kill herself last year was sentenced to 10 years probation Friday under a plea deal with prosecutors.
Katherine "Kim" Yarbrough, 53, pleaded guilty this month to injury to a disabled individual, a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison. Prosecutors waived a charge of murder with the plea. State District Judge Bob Perkins agreed to follow the plea agreement after reviewing a probation department report on the case.
Yarbrough, who spent several weeks in the hospital after attempting suicide, said little in court. In the hallway afterward, she hugged a group of friends who came to lend support. She declined to comment through her lawyer, David Sheppard. more

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