Man sentenced for assisted suicide in 17-year-old’s death

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CLEVELAND (WJW)– A man was sentenced to five to seven years in prison for contributing to the death of a 17-year-old in Brecksville Reservation on Thursday.

Duncan McElroy, 20, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, improperly furnishing firearms to a minor and assisted suicide in April.

McElroy met the victim about two weeks before the teen’s death. The Cleveland Metroparks Police Department said the defendant bought a gun and ammunition on July 12, 2019 before going to the Brecksville Reservation with the victim.

Metroparks and Brecksville police responded to the area after McElroy called 911 to report the teen’s death. The 17-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

During the hearing on Thursday, prosecutors detailed the lengths McElroy went to to help the victim take their life, including going to multiple stores to purchase a rifle.

“Mr. McElroy greased the situation towards suicide, towards the demise of Ace, including getting them off the track to college and on the track to death,” a prosecutor said.

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