Sun City man George Sanders gets probation in ‘mercy killing' of wife Virginia

PHOENIX - A Sun City man who admitted to shooting and killing his wife last November was sentenced to probation in a Phoenix courtroom.

Last month, George "Scotty" Sanders, 86, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the "mercy killing" of his wife, 81-year-old Virginia.

Per the plea agreement, he was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation on Friday.

Virginia had a series of health problems and had learned she was about to be hospitalized.

In court, the couple's son, Steve, told the judge he knew his parents made the decision together.

"I do not fault my father for what occurred on the evening of November 9th because I know with all my heart that what occurred that evening was at the insistence and request of my mother," Steve said.

Steve called his mother a wonderful lady and said he loved her dearly. He added he loves his father equally and called him his lifelong hero, partly because of the love he gave Virginia.

"... a man for 63 years who loved his wife with all of his heart, loved his family, and a man who for 43 years tired or tirelessly took care of and cared for the love of his life, my mother," said Steve.

George told Maricopa County Sheriff Office detectives that his wife begged him to kill her saying, "Do it, do it, do it."

It wasn't until two days later that Virginia died from her gunshot wounds in a Valley hospital.

George could have faced more than 12 years in prison.

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