Man,88, stabbed wife to death : Donald Rowland pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter

Man,88, stabbed wife to death : Donald Rowland pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter

An 88-year-old Columbia man pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of first-degree involuntary manslaughter in connection with the fatal stabbing of his wife.

Donald Rowland faces a sentence of 7 years in prison with the possibility of no jail time.

Boone County Judge Kevin Crane is considering a sentence of probation for Rowland while he waits on an advisory report from the Office of Probation and Parole.

Crane plans to announce Rowland’s sentence on April 13.

Prosecutors reduced charges against Rowland last month.

Court documents indicate Donald Rowland stabbed his wife Betty 2 times in their home on Woodrail Terrace.

Donald Rowland told investigators he killed his wife and tried to kill himself because he didn’t want them to be a burden on their family.