Jeffrey Scott receives 25 year sentence

Published: Feb. 19, 2009 at 2:08 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 20, 2009 at 3:18 AM CST
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By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Jeffrey Scott was sentenced to 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole during a hearing Thursday afternoon.

Judge James Lammey had no mercy on Jeffery Scott.  Scott looked on calmly as the judge handed down the sentence, which was the harshest he could have received.

Scott was convicted last month of second degree murder in the death of his wife Ashley, a teacher at Bolton High School. She was beaten to death on Thanksgiving Day in 2006.

Testimony during Jeffrey Scott's murder trial outlined the Scotts' troubled marriage. Scott never took the stand in his own defense throughout his trial.

As Lammey read his sentence, Ashley's father, Jimmy Pittman, fought back tears.  Later, he said justice had finally been served.

"At least I'm going to go home and be happier," he said. "Have a little piece of mind, anyhow."

Earlier in the day Ashley's father and sister broke down on the witness stand as they told the judge how the trial and murder of Ashley has impacted their lives.

"We've got the maximum sentence, and he's going to have to spend a very long time in prison thinking about what he's done," said Ashley's sister, Kecia Vekovius.

Jeffery Scotts father, Ray Scott promised the judge that when Jeffery finishes his sentence, he will become a law abiding citizen.  Meanwhile, Jeffery's family left the courtroom with no comment on the sentencing.

"Whether I personally think it's fair or not is not the question," defense attorney Leslie Ballin said. "It's whether or not it's the appropriate sentencing under the law."

The battle is likely far from over. On November 17, 2007, the estate of Ashley Scott filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jeffrey Scott on three counts: Battery, outrageous conduct, and negligently causing Ashley's death.

The complaint does not ask for a specific dollar amount, but requests punitive damages as well as damages for the value of Ashley's life, for pain, suffering, and funeral and medical expenses, too.

The lawsuit requests a jury trial.