For killing wife, Powell man receives 18- to 20-year sentence

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For 36 years, David Williamson dutifully cared for his wife Shirley as her vision and mental health deteriorated. Then, early one morning last August, he killed her. Williamson received an 18- to 20-year prison sentence on Tuesday. He testified that Shirley, who was blind and suffering from severe paranoia, had asked him to shoot her. “Did you love Shirley, on Aug. 26, 2017, when you took her life?” Williamson’s defense attorney, Tim Blatt, asked him in Park County’s District Court. “Yes,” Williamson said. “And do you still love her today?” Blatt asked. “Yes,” Williamson said. Over the course of a nearly four-hour hearing, Williamson and other witnesses called by the defense described how he had made Shirley, 65, his priority — serving at her beck...

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For killing wife, Powell man receives 18- to 20-year sentence

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