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Posted: 4:01 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 2013
By Dave Faherty
CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. —
A husband pleaded guilty to shooting and killing his wife, but he will not spend another day behind bars.Eyewitness News has followed Larry Peck's case for four years now.He claimed that he killed his wife after his blood sugar became too low.Experts and prosecutors agreed and let him plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter.Peck didn't say much once he was in front of the judge, but he did talk with us out here in front of the courthouse about the night he shot and killed his wife."This will be the end of it," said Peck.Peck hoped that was the last time he will have to face a judge.Nearly four years ago he was accused of fatally shooting his wife, Linda, six times inside the couple's home south of Lenoir.He said he doesn't remember that night or the shooting."No, I don't, because (of my) my low blood counts," said Peck.Three experts testified Monday that Peck had an extremely low blood sugar.They described his condition as a "diabetic delirium" the night of his wife's death, adding he was unaware of what he was doing."I see it as someone getting away with murder," said Glenda Peck's son, Scott Hardin.Hardin believes Peck should be held responsible for his mother's death.He said Peck had a history of problems with his diabetes and should have taken better care of himself."If they know they have a problem and there is something they shouldn't have done or shouldn't be doing, that's recklessness and there has to be some accountability to that," said Hardin.But prosecutors agreed with the doctors and experts who testified in the case agreeing to a deal where Peck pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, not murder."I didn't want this to happen. My life is over. If I could trade places with her, I would," said Peck.The judge sentenced him to two years but because he had spent time in jail waiting for trial, Peck was given time served.His attorney said he will be under the care of at least two doctors and live with family members in New Jersey.
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