The third and final person to be convicted in the killing of Richard Brace, the 29-year-old man beaten to death in Carbonear, N.L., in 2005, is scheduled to be sentenced in Supreme Court in St. John's on Thursday.
Ashley Wheadon, 22, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, appeared in court Wednesday, when both the Crown and the defence recommended that she receive a conditional sentence.
Wheadon was Brace's girlfriend in 2005, when in an alcohol and drug-induced stupor, she accused him of being unfaithful and stealing from her.
The court heard how she encouraged two other people to beat Brace, who later died in hospital.
The court has already convicted the two other people in Brace's death.
David Ryan, 48, was convicted of second-degree murder in July 2005 and sentenced to 16 years in prison. Another male, who cannot be named because he was a minor at the time, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to three years.
Victim's mother addresses Wheadon
Tears rolled down Wheadon's face as she addressed the court Wednesday.
"I am not a monster," she said. "I wish I could go back in time and change things, but I can't. I wish I could help them with their pain, the pain I caused," she said of Brace's family.
Brace's mother, Carolyn Sooley, was also crying during Wheadon's sentencing hearing.
"What I saw when I walked into that hospital room no parent should ever have to witness," she said. "To see your precious child swollen beyond recognition. His life slowly [was] draining from him despite our prayers."
She then addressed Wheadon directly.
"I feel you, Ashley, are just as responsible for my son's death as the one who throws the punches. I believe that only a spiteful, cold-hearted person with no regard for another human life, could do something like this."
Court was told Wheadon was beaten and abused as a child, locked in her bedroom and deprived of food. She was also sexually assaulted by her mother's boyfriend.
Considering Wheadon's past, the Crown and defence recommended that she get a two-year conditional sentence, meaning she would serve house arrest, and receive three years probation. During the five years, Wheadon would be ordered to stay sober and receive counselling.
Justice Lois Hoegg is expected to deliver the sentence.
.... No, you're not a monster at all you sick fk'n biatch.
If you got a boyfriend who might be doing that to you.... Guess what? You fk'n leave their *** you moron!
And drugs are not an excuse.... just check out the Manson woman who's stuck in jail..... drugs are not an excuse.
They affected you judgement did they? Well did they affect your judgement to take the drug? Can't see how that happens, so you're still guilty.
"I wish I could go back in time and change things..." - Yeah well you can't, so accept the consequences of your actions and deal with it.
I can tell you one thing.... she's gonna have a hard time getting another man anytime soon.