Henderson man who initially claimed mercy killing sentenced in wife's death

Dennis Kopp appears in court Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. (Erin Johnson/KSNV)

There was plenty of emotion in court Tuesday as the family and friends 62-year-old Paulette King had to come face to face with her killer, who was also her husband.

Dennis Kopp was sentenced to 25 years in the Nevada Department of Corrections. He will be eligible for parole after 10 years.

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In June, Dennis pleaded guilty to shooting and killing his wife in July 2016.

In court, Kopp offered the family and apology, saying that what he did was an accident and that he is also grieving.

According to a police report, the Henderson man told detectives his wife was in pain and suicidal.

That statement did not sit well with King's family. One of King's friends told Judge Jennifer Togliatti she's never heard King express any suicidal thoughts.

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Susan Beaver, King's older sister, broke down in tears and asked the judge for to give Kopp the maximum penalty.

"She's the first thing I think about in the morning, the last thing I think of at night. Unfortunately, Dennis comes along with those thoughts," Beaver said. "I love you Paulette, and I know that we will meet again one day in heaven."

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