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
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.
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