- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) - A western Nebraska woman has made a plea deal and was convicted of helping her husband kill himself.

Deann Kimble, 53, pleaded no contest Thursday to a felony charge of aiding a suicide. In exchange for her plea, prosecutors dropped another felony charge: concealing human remains. Kimble faces up to five years in prison when she’s sentenced June 12.

Deputies have said Kimble told them that she promised 61-year-old Russell Kimble that she would not intervene when he decided it was “his time to die.”

A Cheyenne County court affidavit filed by a sheriff’s deputy says Deann Kimble married Russell shortly after meeting him July 4, 2004. She told investigators that Russell Kimble insisted on four conditions before they wed: No intervention when he decided to kill himself; tell no one of his intentions; no funeral or burial; and she had to be willing to support his choice and endure any legal or other backlash.


She said he was a former U.S. Navy medic who frequently diagnosed himself. He was certain he had a lung disease and that his kidneys were failing.

Deann Kimble told the investigators that her husband shot himself March 22 between 4 and 5 p.m. inside their rural Sidney home. She said he used her 20-gauge shotgun, a youth model, because he couldn’t properly align his larger shotgun. As he made his final preparations, she said, she went outside and sat in their van. She turned up the radio volume and listened to two songs and one commercial. He was dead when she went back inside.

She said she wrapped his body in a shower curtain and a sheet, dragged it out of their home and then used a cargo strap to attach it to the van. She towed the body a short distance to where they disposed of their trash and covered the body with gravel, dirt and firewood.