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Woman Pleads Guilty in Phoenix Assisted Suicide

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Authorities say a woman has pleaded guilty in connection with the assisted suicide of a Phoenix resident in 2007.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office says 81-year-old Wye Hale-Rowe pleaded guilty Monday to facilitation to commit manslaughter in the death of Jana Van Voorhis.

Wye Hale-Rowe was among four people indicted in May in the case.  Authorities say the four were part of a right to die organization called Final Exit Network, which is under investigation by the FBI,
the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and police agencies in Arizona and several other states.

Van Voorhis was found dead in her Phoenix home on April 15, 2007 and an autopsy showed she died from helium asphyxiation. However, authorities say Van Voorhis was not terminally ill at the time and suffered from mental-health issues and depression.

The cases against the three other defendants are still pending.

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