FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - A Minnesota man has been sentenced to more than 34 years in prison for a machete attack that killed his 68-year-old mother.
James Howard of Dalton told the court that "God is forgiving me" before sentencing Monday.
Judge Mark Hanson told Howard: "Your mother had a right to believe her son would protect her - and you violated that."
In June, Howard pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Otter Tail County.
KBRF-AM reports Howard must serve at least 23 years in prison. He also was ordered to pay restitution of $45,500.
Howard was charged with attacking his mother, Barbara Howard, with a machete in April 2011. She died two weeks later.
James Howard told paramedics he intended to kill his mother to end her suffering from cancer and diabetes.
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