A Laguna Woods woman who helped a World War II veteran commit suicide with a mixture of OxyContin, yogurt and heartburn medication has been sentenced to probation, with no jail time.
Elizabeth Barrett, 66, had pleaded guilty to one felony count of assisted suicide in the death of Jack Koency, an 86-year-old Laguna Niguel resident, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
Barrett had faced three years in state prison, but county prosecutors said they weighed the victim's wishes and the defendant's lack of a criminal history in making their sentencing recommendation.
Koency had a history of mental health issues and had undergone therapy, said Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Ebrahim Baytieh.
"He talked to a lot of people before about wanting to kill himself," Baytieh said.
Koency and Barrett were friends through a social group that occasionally met for coffee at a Starbucks, officials said.
Prosecutors said that on the morning of Sept. 30, 2011, Barrett drove Koency to the Neptune Society so he could plan cremation services and make funeral arrangements.