Columbia Man, 88, Gets 5 Years of Probation in Wife’s Death
An 88-year-old Columbia man convicted in his 86-year-old wife's stabbing death has been sentenced to five years of supervised probation and a suspended seven-year prison sentence.
Donald Rowland pleaded guilty in March to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Betsy Rowland.
Police say Donald Rowland told officers he killed his wife and tried to take his own life, because he didn't want them to be a burden on their family.
Rowland's daughter asked the judge Monday to release her father on probation so he could live with her and her husband. They plan to take care of Rowland with the assistance of a 24-hour, in-home care service.
Rowland's attorney says his client had no prior history of domestic violence before the fatal stabbing.