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Dr. Jack Kevorkian, known to many by the moniker “Dr. Death”, went on trial for murder on this day in 1999. He was accused of murdering Thomas Youk, a man suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The charges came after a videotape of Youk’s September 17, 1998 death was broadcast on the CBS television program 60 Minutes. The tape showed Kevorkian injecting Mr Youk, who was paralyzed, with lethal chemicals. Kevorkian insisted on acting as his own attorney and was ultimately convicted of second-degree murder and delivering a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison and served about eight years until being paroled on June 1, 2007 by Governor Jennifer Granholm.

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