Seller of Suicide Kits Sentenced

Sharlotte Hydorn was ordered Monday to serve five years of supervised probation

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    Jay Yoo
    Sharlotte Hydorn is shown in a 2011 file photo.

    A 92-year-old woman who sold $40 suicide kits has been sentenced in San Diego for failing to file federal tax returns.

    Sharlotte Hydorn was ordered Monday to serve five years of supervised probation and pay a fine of $1,000. She could have faced a year in prison.

    Seller of Suicide Kits Sentenced

    [DGO] Seller of Suicide Kits Sentenced
    Sharlotte Hydorn pleaded guilty in Federal court Monday for failing to file tax returns related to the sale of suicide kits, and promised not to make any more devices designed to help people kill themselves. Mari Payton spoke to Hydorn's attorney Charles Goldberg, who said his client never encouraged or directly assisted with any suicides. (Published Monday, May 7, 2012)

    Hydorn is also unable to make or sell kits during the probation period.

    "She provided something like a sun store provides a gun," said her attorney Charles Goldberg.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter J. Mazza told the court that the case was initially investigated because authorities saw a risk to the public because Hydorn wasn't verifying who her customers are.

    However, there's no federal law against selling the kits.
    The crusade started when her husband died 30 years ago, in the hospital. She said she couldn't stay next to him and hospital personnel wouldn't let her sleep on the floor. Hydron said she had to leave him alone until the last minutes of his life and he ended up dying a painful death in the hospital.

    His last words to Hydorn were, "Home, home."

    "He wanted to go home," she said. "But I couldn't take him."

    Hydorn said after sentencing that all she wanted to do was allow people to die at home, surrounded by family and friends.

    "I wanted for people to be able to die at home when their lives are over, with their family," she said. "With people who love them."

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