Associated Press, Published September 17 2012
Minnesota man gets 34 years for killing mother with machete
James Howard of Dalton told the court that "God is forgiving me" before sentencing Monday.
Judge Mark Hanson told Howard: "Your mother had a right to believe her son would protect her — and you violated that."
In June, Howard pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Otter Tail County.
KBRF-AM reports Howard must serve at least 23 years in prison. He also was ordered to pay restitution of $45,500.
Howard was charged with attacking his mother, Barbara Howard, with a machete in April 2011. She died two weeks later.
James Howard told paramedics he intended to kill his mother to end her suffering from cancer and diabetes.
Information from: KBRF-AM, http://www.kbrf1250.com
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.