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People v Jerry Canfield

Defendant Jerry Canfield pled no contest to voluntary manslaughter for killing his wife in their Alameda apartment in October 2014. On January 14, 2016, Defendant Canfield was sentenced to 3 years in state prison.

Defendant Canfield and his wife had been together for 38 years. The victim was suffering from dementia and other medical conditions, and was moved into a nursing home in July 2014. In late October, he checked her out of the facility for four hours and took her back to the home they shared. Defendant Canfield fed her 24 sleeping pills in an attempt to kill her. However, she awoke the following morning. Defendant Canfield then gave her two more sleeping pills, placed a pillow beside her head and shot her once with a .38 caliber revolver.

Following the incident, Defendant Canfield returned the wheelchair to the nursing home, and signed her out of their care completely. He purchased some roses to lay with his wife’s body and placed their wedding photo on the nightstand next to her. Defendant Canfield then drove to the Alameda Police Department to report he had shot and killed his wife.

Defendant Canfield gave a full account to police, stating that his wife had watched her mother and grandmother suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and that they had made a pact to kill one another should either of them get to the point of advanced stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Defendant Canfield said his wife’s condition had deteriorated and that he was fulfilling his promise to her.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Briggitte Lowe with this assistance of DA Inspector Jad Jadallah and Victim Witness Advocate Dena Aindow.

(Docket #177408)

Posted on Jan 15, 2016