Tuesday, April 13, 1999 Published at 20:47 GMT 21:47 UK
Prison term for 'Dr Death'
Kevorkian will be eligible for parole after serving two-thirds of his sentence
A judge in the US state of Michigan has sentenced assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian to 10 to 25 years in prison for murder.
"This trial was not about the political correctness of euthanasia. This was about you, sir," the judge added.
Family pleads for clemency
The retired pathologist says he has helped more than 130 people die since 1990.
The wife and younger brother of Thomas Youk, the man Dr Kevorkian was convicted of killing, called on the judge to show compassion and grant the assisted suicide advocate clemency.
Prosecutors asked for a minimum of a 10-year sentence. He has previously been acquitted by three juries on assisted suicide charges. A mistrial was declared in a fourth trial.
"This case is about what Jack Kevorkian did, and what he did under the law under the state of Michigan is commit murder," the prosecutor said.
Death on TV
The judge and the prosecutor made a point that Kevorkian provided a videotape of Mr Youk's death to the television programme "60 Minutes," and challenged the legal system to stop him.
Mr Youk suffered from a wasting disease. Before he died, he was confined to a wheelchair, and had difficulty breathing and eating.
During Mrs Youk's statement, she said, "the tape was produced for no other reason then to show my husband's consent."
Dr Kevorkian has previously threatened to go on hunger strike if convicted and jailed.