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No jail for Derry nurse who gave brother-in-law fatal dose to alleviate suffering
George went to Derry police last Oct. 14 and admitted she administered a lethal dose of insulin five days before to her cancer-stricken brother-in-law, Randall Percival, 55, of Raymond.
George pleaded guilty Thursday in 10th Circuit Court, Derry District Division. She received a 30-day sentence, which was suspended for two years on condition of good behavior.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said the state could not charge George with a more serious offense because there was no evidence to support her statement.
"We had no evidence," Young said. "Other than her statement, we had no independent, corroborating evidence."
Since Percival was in end-stage cancer, no autopsy was done, Young said. By time George went to Derry police, Percival's body had been cremated. His cause of death was listed as metastatic cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer.
Authorities also "have no evidence that this was a pattern (of behavior) — that she had done this to someone else," Young said. According to the state Board of Nursing, George told police she injected him with 300 milliliters of insulin so he would no longer be in pain. She presented to authorities a large syringe and a glass vial of Novolog insulin, saying her brother-in-law didn't need to suffer anymore.
Because no autopsy was done and there was no physical evidence to corroborate George's admission, the state did not have proof beyond a reasonable doubt to prosecute a charge against her in the death of Percival, who worked in optical engineering and was the father of two and grandfather of one.
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