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86-Year-Old Sentenced 3 Years for Attacking Wife with Hammer

MIAMI TOWNSHIP -- An 86-year-old man will spend three years in prison for attempting to kill his wife with a hammer. 

A judge sentenced Monachella to three years with the possibility of judicial release after one year.

Andrew Monachella was facing a possible 3-6 years in prison.

Monachella pleaded guilty to attempted murder after he attacked his wife earlier this year. Police told us that he claimed his wife asked him to do it.

His wife suffered from dementia or Alzheimers.

Judge Frances McGee stated to Monachella that this was one of the harder cases because the elderly couple were both at their most vulnerable stage.

McGee called the attack a heinous act and that it was a modern American tragedy, "although it was misguided, I do think you genuinely thought you were doing the right thing," she said.

She stated before the court that she hopes this case will send a message to families, health care providers, church leaders and a whole society about making time for end of life planning.

"I don't understand how so many people allowed you and your wife to suffer and become overwhelmed without stepping in to provide assistance or leadership," she said.

Judge McGee told Monachella that she doesn't understand how the children and adult grandchildren didn't help the couple.

Monachella's daughter stood before the judge and read a statement asking for the minimum sentence so he could have a chance to go home to the house they built together.

McGee told Monachella she would not impose a fine so that money can go to care for his wife.

More information to come on ABC 22 News at 6 pm and Fox 45 at 6:30 pm.

 
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