Ernest Rayfield will never be sentenced by anyone on this earth for stabbing his 87-year-old wife to death.
Rayfield, 89, died this weekend while awaiting sentencing in Delaware County Court for the slaying of his wife, Mary Agnes, last year.
The elderly couple had been together for 63 years but towards the end, Mary suffered from Alzheimer's disease. When questioned by police following the slaying at the couple's Springfield home on Aug. 29, Ernest Rayfield said he just "couldn't take it anymore" and had stabbed his wife several times in the chest.
He was charged with murder and related offenses but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter in December. Several days later, a judge allowed Rayfield to be released on bail in to the care of his son until his first scheduled sentencing on Feb. 22.