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Nation IN BRIEF : MARYLAND

Employee Admits He Aided Boss' Suicide

March 06, 1997|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Lawrence H. Goldman, on trial for manslaughter in Frederick County Circuit Court, admitted that he fired the shotgun that his boss had rigged to kill herself. His guilty plea brought a prison sentence of five years and a legal label of "homicide" to a botched suicide that was supposed to look like murder. According to both the defense and the prosecution, Mary Gaye Fister, 45, wanted to kill herself to solve her financial problems, but her life insurance policies wouldn't pay off if she took her own life. So she persuaded Goldman, 44, to help her.

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