Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
The story that is published in the Times-Herald Record states that Andrew Moore confessed to strangling his mother, Margaret "Peggy" Regalia, to death as part of an assisted suicide pact.
Clearly, this upsetting case is not an assisted suicide pact, as the defense attorney claims.
Assisted suicide is to intentionally assist another person to commit suicide. Regalia didn't kill herself but rather was strangled to death. Therefore it is a murder or murder-suicide pact but not an assisted suicide pact. The defense may have used this to lessen the gravity of the charge.
With irreplaceable jewelry and family heirlooms taken from the scene, Moore's own sister, Jennifer Panet, says she's not fully convinced of a pact between the two.
"It was literally taken off of her dead body and sold. My brother also went back to the house and walked her dog with her lying there," said Panet.
... Panet and her husband Michael say, though the circumstances surrounding their mother's death remain unclear, they are comfortable with the plea agreement because it allows them to move forward with their lives.
"The focus cannot be a suicide pact but rather justice being served for the crime. We have to accept it and we have to move forward," said Michael Panet.
Moore will face a maximum sentence of five to 15 years behind bars in the plea bargain agreement. In return, he pleaded guilty to a second-degree manslaughter charge for assisting his mother, Margaret “Peggy” Regalia of Bloomingburg, in committing suicide in January.
What is incredibly sad is the fact that Moore killed his depressed mother rather than help her live.