Orange County woman who helped World War II vet commit suicide avoids jailtime

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An Orange County woman has been sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to helping a World War II veteran commit suicide.

Elizabeth Barrett of Laguna Woods – who’s 66 - admitted she gave a lethal dose of the painkiller Oxycontin mixed with yogurt to her friend Jack Koency.

Koency, who was 86, didn’t have a terminal illness and was mobile.

On September 30, 2011, the two drove to the Neptune Society, a cremation provider, so that Koency could make his final arrangements. At his apartment later that day, a motion-activated camera captured Barrett mixing the pills and yogurt and giving it Koency.
Once he died, the camera recorded Barrett as she took Koency’s World War 2 medals off his wall and put them in her car.
In sparing Barrett jail time, the Orange County District Attorney’s office cited the nature of the crime, the wishes of the victim’s family, and Barrett’s lack of a criminal record.