Sentence Handed Down To Convicted Killer Scott Pattison: Judge Calls Defendant Human Disaster

By Nicole Hahn
By Jeff Neumeyer

December 3, 2010 Updated Dec 3, 2010 at 5:48 PM EST

WABASH, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Convicted murderer Scott Pattison is given an enhanced penalty for using a barbell to kill his wife.

Jeff Neumeyer was on hand for the sentencing.

Neumeyer: “ 60 years is Pattison's punishment, more than the standard sentence, but five years less than the maximum allowed.

Wabash Circuit Court Judge Robert McCallen delivered the decision before noon, saying, "On July 2nd of 2009, you alone were a human disaster, leaving death and destruction in your wake and devastating good, good people for years to follow, and many for the rest of their lives."

Pattison told police that he returned to the couple's home and found his wife Lisa unresponsive on a workout bench with a barbell across her throat.

But Pattison's own home security camera video showed he lied about what time he got home, and a juror shared later that in testing out the weight equipment during deliberations, it helped convinced the panel of Pattison's guilt.

Lisa Pattison's family and friends said after sentencing, they suspected right away that the death was no accident.

Christine Smith/Lisa Pattison's Sister: " And we just lived as a family so many years of isolated situations that always didn't add up, but there was always excuses. Now, looking back over it, it's a larger picture."

Lucy Rich/Lisa Pattison's Mother: " I just knew from the first phone call that he did it, and I'm just happy that he got 60 years."

Scott Pattison's lawyer and family had nothing to say about the penalty handed down.

When reporters asked Pattison if he thought the sentence was fair, he said, no.

Pattison this week responded to my request for a jailhouse interview, by sending me a letter.

It read, in part, "It's nice that someone would like to hear the other side. For 14 months, it's all been one sided and lots of lies. No lawyer has ever heard of a client going to prison for a 100% circumstantial evidence (case). It was a tainted jury."

The defense has taken steps to have the verdict thrown out, claiming a juror's statements in a story aired by Indiana's NewsCenter showed the panel experimented with the weight machine, changing not guilty verdicts to guilty, and according to the defense, it had an "...obvious prejudicial effect."

Neumeyer: “ A hearing on the motion for a mistrial is set for December 20th.




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