A Minnesota man has been sentenced to three years in prison after holding a “death party” for his wife and giving her methamphetamine to help her die.
Duane Arden Johnson, 59, pled guilty to neglecting his ill wife Debra Lynn Johnson, 69, before her January death, Mankato Free Press reports.
Earlier this summer at Brown County District Court, Duane claimed his wife begged him to take her home from a nursing facility and let her die.
It’s unclear what medical condition she was being treated for, but after removing her from the center against medical advice, Debra stopped taking her medication, and Duane admitted to holding a meth-fueled “death party” for her inside their home.
The couple used methamphetamine, had sex, and listened to their favorite song, “Metal Health (Bang Your Head)” by Quiet Riot, according to the outlet. On their front door were painted the words “Death Parde God Hell.”
Authorities discovered Debra’s body inside the home on January 24. An autopsy determined she died of methamphetamine toxicity.
In June, Duane pled guilty to criminal neglect as part of a plea deal which dismissed a third-degree murder charge. He said that while his wife experienced convulsions prior to her death, she died peacefully.
This Monday, August 12, a judge ruled that Duane must serve three years for his crime, 19 months of which are to be served in prison.