Two sisters were arrested in Florida on Tuesday for allegedly admitting to law enforcement that they killed their father as part of a “premeditated” act four years ago because he refused to enter an assisted living facility.
Mary-Beth Tomaselli, 63, and Linda Roberts, 62, were taken into custody after they detailed to a male confidant whom they befriended in recent months what they had seemingly done, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told reporters on Tuesday.
Roberts told the man — who recorded his conversations with her — that she and Tomaselli “euthanized” their father, Anthony Tomaselli, in March 2015, when he was 85 years old. The sheriff said that “Linda gave very specific details about how she and Mary-Beth killed their father.”
The women said “they had killed their father, and had, quote, ‘euthanized’ him because he had been ill” and refused to go to an assisted living facility, according to the sheriff. He added, “They knew he would die sometime in the next couple of months, so they decided to euthanize him.”
The sisters allegedly gave their father a concoction of alcohol and an “excessive” amount of sleeping pills “with the hope that it would kill him.” However, the sheriff said Tomaselli put too much alcohol in the drink, which diluted it. (Read more from “Sisters Arrested After Admitting They ‘Euthanized’ Father” HERE)