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Elderly man sentenced to prison in the fatal shooting of his Port Saint Lucie wife

Posted at 7:55 PM, Nov 02, 2016

Judge James McCann is speaking from the bench.

"It was a choice. He said he knew he was wrong when he did it," said Judge McCann.

The judge handed down his sentence, 111 months in prison for 86-year-old William Hager.

His wife Carolyn died from a gunshot wound to the head. Hager claiming she was suffering from chronic pain and couldn't afford medicine to help treat her different ailments.

During the sentencing phase, the judge said, "Up to this day, we don't know what she wanted."

Before the judge listened to testimony, Hager frail and battling bladder cancer walked into the courtroom. His two daughters, shedding many tears, asking the judge to sentence their father to probation and allow him to live with them.

Shelly Starkey his daughter said, "In the last years, mom's medical issues became the main focus of our lives."

"He is special to anyone who knows him. He is kind, has a wonderful sense of humor and is very considerate of others," said Mary Barns, his other daughter.

But the judge disagreed with ruling no prison time.

"We are a nation of laws," said the judge. 

Hager will spend about 9 years in prison. The judge told his attorney she can file an appeal in 30 days.