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Elderly woman pleads guilty in suicide kit case

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EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — A 91-year-old woman has admitted failing to file tax returns for her company that made and sold suicide kits.

The U.S. attorney's office in San Diego says Sharlotte Hydorn pleaded guilty Friday to the charge that dated back to 2007 and was tied to the sale of helium hood kits people can use to kill themselves.

Hydorn has acknowledged making more than $150,000 in income.

During a May raid on her home in El Cajon, east of San Diego, federal agents seized kits that sold for $40 each and essentially consisted of a plastic bag and clear tubing.

As part of her plea deal, Hydorn agreed to pay $26,000 in outstanding taxes.

A judge ordered her released on the condition she not assist suicides. She will be sentenced Feb. 16.

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