Minn. man convicted of aiding suicide will appeal

AP News
Posted: Jun 01, 2011 12:55 PM
Minn. man convicted of aiding suicide will appeal

A former nurse sentenced to 360 days in jail for going online and allegedly encouraging two depressed people to kill themselves is appealing.

An attorney for William Melchert-Dinkel says he has filed notice of his intent to appeal. Attorney Terry Watkins said Wednesday he intends to argue that Melchert-Dinkel was exercising his right to free speech.

Melchert-Dinkel has been free since his sentencing May 4. Since he filed the notice of appeal Tuesday, before a Wednesday deadline, he'll remain free while the appeal is pending.

In a statement read at sentencing, the 48-year-old Faribault man said he was sorry for his role in the deaths of an English man and a Canadian woman. He has admitted that what he did was morally wrong, but claims he did nothing illegal.