Rockport woman sentenced to 11 years in stabbing death

Judge hears 'more regret than remorse' from woman who claimed self-defense
By Ethan Andrews | Aug 10, 2018
Photo by: Ethan Andrews Victoria Scott, pictured during her week-long trial for manslaughter in April.

Belfast — Waldo County Superior Court Justice Robert Murray on Wednesday sentenced Victoria Scott of Rockport to serve 11 years of a 16-year prison sentence for the stabbing death of Edwin Littlefield Jr. in 2017.

Scott, who was 24 at the time of the incident, was convicted by a Waldo County jury on April 27 over her claims that she was defending herself from Littlefield, whom she stabbed in the driveway of a Waldo residence on Feb. 8, 2017, after an altercation that the jury found she initiated.

Assistant Attorney General Don Macomber on Wednesday asked for a sentence of 17 years with all but 12 years suspended, four years probation and restitution of $5,531 for funeral expenses.

Littlefield's family and friends, many of whom sat through the week-long trial in April, testified at the hearing, recalling "Butch" as a man of gentle temperament who went out of his way to help others. Littlefield was 40 years old and resided in Belmont at the time of his death.

Bernadette Littlefield, Edwin Littlefield's older sister, said she still cries herself to sleep thinking about how he died alone. She and others spoke of the ongoing frustration in knowing that Littlefield might have lived if someone had called for help after he was stabbed.

"I'm so damn angry," she said.

Several family members expressed sorrow that any number of events that night hadn't gone differently.

Bill Littlefield, the victim's cousin, referred to his own studies in criminal justice, in which he learned that even serial killer Ted Bundy was executed in the presence of "two people that loved him, and countless people who didn't."

"Butch was left alone," Bill Littlefield said. "He suffered as he bled out and passed away. Butch deserved better than that."

He and other family members expressed sorrow for Scott's family but urged the court to give her the maximum sentence.

Advocates for Scott spoke of her potential as an intelligent and charismatic young woman with great potential whose diagnosed Asperger's Syndrome made it hard for her to read social situations. They said she has sought to improve herself and help others during her time in prison.

Scott's father, Theodore Scott, said that parents are are inclined to blame themselves, "and I suppose if there is blame to be shared, then I should bear some of the blame."

He described how he taught all his children, "but particularly my daughters," to defend themselves and fight back, "if there was ever any question that their life or physical well-being was in danger."

During the trial, the pocket knife Scott used to stab Littlefield was described as a Christmas gift from her father, given to her for self-defense. Scott said she regularly used it in her work as a property manager.

Scott, who appeared Wednesday in a yellow prison jumpsuit, called the night she stabbed Littlefield, her "own personal apocalypse" and blamed her "situational ignorance" for turning a confrontation with Littlefield into a "nightmare" that will haunt her for the rest of her life. She reiterated her belief that she was defending herself.

"Now I realize that I exposed myself to risk that resulted in absolute disaster," she said.

Macomber, in closing comments for the state, said Scott has taken "little responsibility" for her actions and had fallen into substance and alcohol abuse despite evident family support.

"Everything she says is essentially, 'Poor me,'" Macomber said.

Murray in his ruling agreed, citing, among several aggravating factors, "what I find to be more regret than remorse." He sentenced Scott to 16 years with all but 11 suspended and four years of probation, and ordered her to pay the restitution requested by the state.

The length of sentence was based on a basic sentence of 15 years with one year added for aggravating factors, Murray said, the largest of which was the impact to Littlefield's family, as shown by their statements on Wednesday and their presence as "silent witnesses during the trial."

Speaking by phone after the sentencing, Edwin Littlefield's sister Teresa Littlefield, who lives in South Carolina, said she is happy with the decision because it prevents Scott from hurting others the way her family was hurt.

"I mean no ill to her," Littlefield said, "but we've been through hell. I feel that justice has been served."

Comments (2)
Posted by: Ananur Forma | Aug 20, 2018 08:56

will she receive therapy?



Posted by: Edwin E Ecker | Aug 10, 2018 15:34

Not enough for time premeditated murder !



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