CHARLOTTE, NC (Mark Price/The Charlotte Observer) - A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to killing his wife of 53 years, after he concluded she'd live "like a caged animal" if put in an assisted living center, reported the Daily Advance.
Samuel Frank Mansfield, 74, of Elizabeth City, was originally indicted for second-degree murder in connection with the 2016 shooting, but entered a guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Phyllis Mansfield, 73, reported TV station WAVY.
Sentencing of Mansfield has been delayed for eight months as he undergoes "treatment for a health condition," WAVY reported.
He planned the killing in advance, getting the gun from a tool box on the morning of Dec. 14 and calling his wife to the garage of their Elizabeth City home, reported the Daily Advance.
Mansfield reportedly hid the .22-caliber pistol as she walked in wearing a leopard-print robe and slippers, then he raised it and fired twice, reported the Virginian-Pilot.
He told police he waited until "her last breath" before calling authorities, reported WTKR.