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Woman arrested in assisted suicide of WWII veteran via oxycontin-laced yogurt


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A woman is charged in the assisted suicide of WWII veteran Jack Koency, after allegedly serving the 86-year-old man a lethal dose of oxycontin crushed and mixed into yogurt.

Elizabeth Barrett, arrested Wednesday and currently held on $25,000 bail, faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison if convicted, says the Orange County D.A.'s office.

She has no history of criminal activity, according to the homicide prosecutor, who told the OC Register the woman has never even had a traffic ticket.

Koency, who was living in Laguna Niguel at the time of his death, was not terminally ill, bedridden, or immobile, say officials. The two had been acquaintances for several years, but had not been in recent contact. They reportedly reconnected about a week before he died.

The veteran, who reportedly sent a letter to the California DMV shortly before his death to say thanks for giving him "the privilege of driving," had been "depressed, lonely and paranoid," says the OC Register.