Lincoln County District Attorney officials say that a man who couldn’t bring himself to complete a murder-suicide pact with his wife after shooting her, will spend 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
In a bizarre case that made newspapers statewide, Daniel Gopshes shot his sleeping wife in the back of the head after the two agreed that their lives were probably over because he couldn’t find work, and she was losing her eyesight. After shooting his wife Chancey Ann Gopshes, Daniel Gopshes apparently couldn’t build up the nerve to turn the gun on himself. So, authorities say, he drove his pickup to the Lincoln County Jail parking lot and surrendered to police and sheriff’s deputies.
Investigators learned from family members that Daniel and Chancey Gopshes had been having financial troubles for a long time, and that they had attempted dual-suicides in the past which didn’t pan out.
The judge sentenced Gopshes to ten years in prison with credit for the 11 months he’s been held in the county jail. Under Oregon law, he will not be eligible for early parole, so it’ll be a full 9 additional years he’ll be in prison.Share on Facebook