EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — A suburban Twin Cities man will spend 90 days in a county workhouse for assisting in the asphyxiation death of his wife.

Thomas Houck earlier pleaded guilty to helping his 59-year-old wife, Linda Conrad, end her life last summer. Officials say she suffered from chronic migraines, severe stomach pain and depression.

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The Star Tribune reports statutes call for up to 15 years in prison upon conviction for assisted suicide. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says the judge gave Houck a lighter sentence last week “probably because both the mother and ex-husband of the victim sent letters of support” on his behalf.

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Thomas Houck (credit: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office)

A criminal complaint says Houck admitted helping his wife make a hood out of the plastic bag, then held it over her head and turned on nitrogen gas.

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