MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of an Englishman who committed suicide after getting online advice from an ex-nurse in Minnesota is welcoming his conviction for violating a state law against assisting suicide.

Elaine Drybrough says in an email to The Associated Press that she and her husband are grateful to everyone involved in prosecuting William Melchert-Dinkel, of Faribault. Their son, Mark Drybrough, of Coventry, England, hanged himself in 2005.

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Following more than four years of legal battles, a Minnesota judge on Tuesday convicted Melchert-Dinkel of assisting Mark Drybrough’s suicide and attempting to assist a Canadian woman’s 2008 suicide.

Elaine Drybrough says the ruling will enable authorities to deal with other offenders more quickly.

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She says they were terribly upset when they lost their son and will always remember him.

Melchert-Dinkel plans to appeal.

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