Suicide pact survivor to get probation

kt logoThe survivor of an apparent suicide pact in Kingston has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of promoting a suicide attempt and will be sentenced next month to five years probation, the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

The conviction of 63-year-old Paul Egan of West Chestnut Street stems from the death of Catherine Egan, his wife, due to complications from carbon monoxide poisoning at the couple’s home in Kingston on Jan. 12.

According to the DA’s office, Paul Egan, after entering into a suicide pact with his wife driven by depression and medical woes, stuffed clothing in a furnace ventilation duct allowing fumes to permeate throughout the house. A worried relative called the police, who arrived in time to save Paul Egan, but Catherine, 59, died a few days later in a Bronx hospital.