QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) - A Glens Falls man who bought the shotgun his wife used to commit suicide has pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge.
The Post-Star reports that 69-year-old Willard Skellie pleaded guilty Wednesday in Warren County Court to second-degree manslaughter.
Skellie admitted to giving a shotgun to his 59-year-old wife, Kathy, after she had asked him to buy her one. Prosecutors say he showed her how to use the weapon before leaving their Glens Falls home on Dec. 15. Officials say Kathy Skellie used the gun to kill herself hours later.
Authorities say she had suffered from mental illness for years and had tried to commit suicide in the past.
Willard Skellie was placed him on interim probation for a year and ordered to perform community service.