News Flash

MCAO Latest News

Posted on: March 29, 2013

George Sanders Sentenced to Two Years of Probation for Manslaughter

PHOENIX, AZ (March 29, 2013) – George Frazey Sanders (D.O.B. 3/24/1927) will serve two years of unsupervised probation for intentionally aiding his 81 year-old wife to commit suicide. The sentence imposed today by the Honorable John Dittsworth follows Sanders’ guilty plea to one count of Manslaughter.

“Today’s sentence is an appropriate one given the entirety of the facts and circumstances in this particular case,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “Nevertheless, this office remains committed to holding accountable anyone who unjustly takes an innocent life, regardless of the reason given. Mercy killing, also known as euthanasia, is not permitted in Arizona and is not an excuse for murder,” he added.

On November 9, 2012, Deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in Sun City after receiving a call that a woman had been shot in the head by her husband. A female caller who identified herself as a caretaker for Virginia Sanders told the MCSO Communications Center that Virginia’s husband, George Sanders, had just called her and stated that he had just shot Virginia in the head. At around the same time, George Sanders called the Sheriff’s Office via 911 and stated he shot his wife in the head and that she had asked him to shoot her because she was in pain.

Deputies arrived at the residence and found George Sanders sitting in a chair on the front porch. They found Virginia Sanders in the kitchen area of the home seated in a wheel chair bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound to the right side of her head. A revolver was on the kitchen floor just to the right of the wheel chair. Virginia appeared to be making breathing sounds and was transported by helicopter to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital where she later died.

In an interview with detectives, George Sanders described how he had been Virginia’s main caregiver for the last four decades. He explained that his own health had been declining and that he had a pacemaker implanted several days earlier. Sanders said that at a recent doctor’s appointment, Virginia was diagnosed with gangrene in her leg. Her doctor wanted her to go immediately to the hospital for surgery and then to a nursing home, a prospect Virginia viewed as a virtual death sentence. Rather than go to the hospital, the couple returned home to talk things over.

Sanders told detectives that while they were at home, they received a call from Virginia’s doctor asking why they had not gone straight to the hospital. George said Virginia told him they had to “do it now.” George then retrieved his gun, placed a towel on one side of Virginia’s head, put his gun to her temple on the opposite side and fired.

George was booked into the 4th Avenue Jail on November 10, 2012 for Attempted First Degree Murder. Virginia died in the hospital the following day.

###

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in MCAO Latest News

Female domestic violence victim packing suitcase with clothing

Make a Safety Plan to Get Out

Posted on: October 19, 2020
Teen Girl Texting

Remind Teens to Think Before They Send

Posted on: September 28, 2020
County Attorney Allister Adel

Body-Worn Camera Request

Posted on: September 23, 2020
Online Bully

Online Bullying During COVID

Posted on: September 21, 2020
Animal Cruelty

Report Animal Abuse to Law Enforcement

Posted on: September 14, 2020
Labor Day DUI Reminder

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend Safely

Posted on: September 3, 2020
Pills on table

International Overdose Awareness Day

Posted on: August 31, 2020
Contact-Tracing

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Scams

Posted on: July 23, 2020
Two Girls on Laptops

What are the risks of livestreaming?

Posted on: July 13, 2020
Prosecutor

What is a Prosecutor?

Posted on: June 25, 2020
Man Vaping

Vaping Warning Signs for Parents

Posted on: June 18, 2020
Opioids

Help Prevent Opioid Abuse at Home

Posted on: June 16, 2020
Sunset Over Canal and Homes

Keep Your Home Safe this Summer

Posted on: June 4, 2020
Looking through a car windshield at night. The lights are blurred.

Don’t Graduate into a DUI

Posted on: May 19, 2020
Happy Mothers Day

Honoring MCAO Moms

Posted on: May 8, 2020
COVID-19 Stimulus Check Scams

Stimulus Check Scams

Posted on: May 7, 2020
National Law Day 2020

It’s National Law Day

Posted on: May 1, 2020
Angela Andrews

Collaboration is Key

Posted on: April 30, 2020
Inspiration in the Face of Adversity

Inspiration in the Face of Adversity

Posted on: April 24, 2020
Heather Kirka

Charging Ahead and Working Together

Posted on: April 23, 2020
Census form on flag

We All Benefit When We Respond

Posted on: April 16, 2020
Brittany Hogard

Keeping the Wheels of Justice Rolling

Posted on: April 15, 2020
Person typing on computer keyboard

Be a Smart Online User

Posted on: April 13, 2020
Avoid Coronavirus Scams

COVID-19 Scam Awareness

Posted on: March 30, 2020

Community Outreach Highlights

Posted on: March 1, 2020
Allister with Female Staff

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Posted on: March 1, 2020
2020 Census Advertisement - Shape your Future, Start Here

YOU Count: Fill Out the Census Today

Posted on: March 1, 2020

Update On Petersen Investigation

Posted on: December 11, 2019

MCAO Honors Our Veterans

Posted on: November 8, 2019

Dion Earl Found Guilty on All Charges

Posted on: August 22, 2019

MCAO Launches Community Grants Webpage

Posted on: August 12, 2016

Update on Green Acre Dog Boarding Deaths

Posted on: September 22, 2014

National Geographic - Taboo

Posted on: August 31, 2012