No jail for NY man who joined woman's suicide leap

Sep 24, 2012

A man who admitted helping his girlfriend commit suicide — by jumping with her off the Tappan Zee Bridge — has been sentenced to probation. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

The Westchester County district attorney's office says 45-year-old Christopher Shears will be getting continued mental health treatment rather than jail time.

Shears jumped last year with 29-year-old Alfa Choice after stopping their car on the Hudson River bridge. Both were from Ithaca.

Choice, a former teacher at the Bronx High School of Science, died from her injuries. Shears was critically injured.

He pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter under a provision for intending to aid a suicide.
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