Kyle Scott was handed down a sentence of life in prison with no eligibility for parole for at least 15 years today in court. The 20 year old pleaded guilty last month to killing 82 year old Sarah Kennedy last fall.
It was an emotional day in Court of Queen’s Bench in Woodstock — family members of Kennedy weren’t comfortable going on camera, but expressed to the court their grief at the loss of the woman they call loving and strong willed. “I’ll miss seeing her on Christmas and I’ll miss our walks in the summer” said her great grandson Joseph. Her grandson Troy Kennedy talked about how he’s been since her murder – having nightmares and waking up in cold sweats.
Family members were in tears as they again heard the details of Kennedy’s murder. According to Crown Prosecutor Christopher Lavigne, then 19-year-old Scott — a complete stranger — went to her house in Richmond Corner back in October and asked for plyers to fix his ATV. When he couldn’t repair it, she drove him to his brother’s house for help. When he wasn’t there she drove him back to her house. It was then that Scott — claiming to hear voices — beat Kennedy 19 times with a hammer. He then took her clothes off and slit her throat — to make it seem like she was sexually assaulted. He then took her car and purse, and was found days later by the RCMP. Lavigne stated that Scott has been diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder – meaning small events trigger him to act violently or have verbal outbursts.. Lavigne calls this a senseless and brutal murder.
Scott had face buried in his hand for most of the victim impact statements…and when he was asked to speak he looked at members of Kennedy’s family, teared up and said “I’m very sorry for what happened and what I’ve done. I have to live with this the rest of my life and I’m very sorry.”
It’s up to the correctional services of Canada to determine where Scott will serve his sentence.