Sidney woman convicted of assisted suicide sentenced to probation
A 53 year old Sidney woman convicted of assisting in her husband's suicide was sentenced Thursday to three years probation. Deann Kimble also received credit for 79 days in jail and 50 hours of community service in the sentence handed down by Cheyenne County District Judge Derek Weimer.
Kimble entered a no contest plea in April to a felony charge of assisting suicide as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. She could have received up to five years in prison.
Court documents say Kimble and her husband Russell, who was suffering from emphysema, were living in the Igloo storage units in rural Cheyenne County.
According to Deann's statements her husband had rolled himself into a shower curtain and positioned himself with a 20 gauge shotgun prior to her leaving the storage unit. Kimble said she sat in their van and turned up the radio volume for a time before returning to the Igloo to find Russell deceased.
The investigation says Deann wrapped his body in the shower curtain and a gold sheet while binding his feet with clothes line rope. She then reportedly used a cargo strap to connect the rope around Russell's feet to the van and towed his body down the road and covered his body with gravel, dirt and firewood in an area where they disposed of waste.
Cheyenne County Sheriff's deputies found the body in the location she described.
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