Seller of suicide kits sentenced on tax charges

By JULIE WATSON,Associated Press Updated at 2012-05-07 18:24:43 +0000


SAN DIEGO (AP) — 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.

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.

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