Lucas stipulated that Longsworth’s life sentence is to begin on Friday, December 14, the date when she was originally charged for the murder of her common-law husband, David White, 33.
Longsworth’s daughter, Kayla Reynolds, was the only witness to testify in the mitigation hearing. She told the court that she knows what her mother did was wrong and that she has to pay for what she did.
Longsworth told the court that she was sorry for what she did, and also apologized to White’s family.
Her attorney, Kevin Arthurs, told the court that if ever there was a case where the mandatory life sentence ought not to be imposed, it is this one, because there is evidence of an abusive relationship. He also asked the court to consider his client’s sickness.
On Thursday, November 1, after deliberating for more than three hours, a jury of seven women and five men returned a unanimous guilty verdict.
On July 15, 2010, Longsworth set White on fire at their home at #21 Castle Street.
He received burns to 85 percent of his body and succumbed to his injuries at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital on August 2, 2010.
Longsworth did not deny that she had set White on fire, but said she set White on fire in an act of self-defence.
She told the court that White wanted her to give him $10, so that he could go out and buy drugs.
After she had given him the money, he came back home and wanted to smoke the drug in front of her son, who has a mental disability, but she objected.
She said this was when he pulled out a knife from his pants waist, and she in turn threw gasoline on him and set him ablaze with a lighted candle.
She said that when she realized what she had done she extinguished the fire.
Dr. Manuel Pagagua, who examined and treated White, testified that he died from multiple organ failure. Police Pathologist Dr. Mario Estrada Bran, who did the autopsy on White’s body, corroborated Dr. Pagagua’s testimony.
Television interviews by Channel 7 News and Channel 5 were also admitted as electronic evidence during the trial, because Longsworth had confessed her guilt in those reports.
This was the first time that such evidence had been used in the Supreme Court.