A tearful Pamela Smart, already serving a life term without parole for enticing her teenage lover to murder her husband, was sentenced on additional charges as her father-in-law branded her a "cold-blooded murderer."
The former high school media director wiped her eyes, stood and pleaded with the judge Monday to intervene as William Smart read a bitter statement in court that wished Smart a long life in prison."Your honor, I can't handle this. Do I have to sit here and listen to this? I mean, come on," Smart told Rockingham County Superior Court Judge Douglas Gray.
Smart's mother, Linda Wojas, shouted to William Smart: "Where does your vengeance end?"
Smart, 23, was convicted March 22 of being an accomplice to first-degree murder, conspiracy and witness tampering. She was accused of luring her lover, William Flynn, and three companions to murder her husband, Gregory Smart, last May 1 in the couple's Derry condominium.
Immediately after the verdict was announced, Gray sentenced Smart to a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole on the accomplice charge.
On Monday, Gray sentenced her to 71/2 to 15 years for conspiracy and 31/2 to 7 years for witness tampering. The terms will run concurrently with her life sentence.
Gray also allowed William Smart, Wojas and lawyers to make statements.
Smart, reading a blistering statement, addressed his daughter-in-law by her maiden name, Pam Wojas.
"May you live a very extra long, long life," he said. "I pray that if you do maybe you will suffer a small percent of what this family has had to suffer.
"You're a cold-blooded murderer, a non-caring, non-loving person who deserves to spend the rest of her life in prison," Smart said.
As he started to say he hoped neither he nor his family would ever see her again, Pamela Smart interrupted with her tearful objection to Gray.
Defense attorney Paul Twomey told the court he recognizes the Smart family's "pain and suffering," but insisted his client is innocent. He has appealed her conviction.
In her statement, Wojas said to prosecutor Paul Maggiotto, "It appears the only behavior you tolerate is making deals and that's disgusting. The vengeance doesn't end." She was referring to lesser charges given to the four youths involved in the murder in exchange for their testimony.
The 21/2-week trial of Smart was one of the most sensational in New Hampshire history, featuring emotional testimony by Flynn, 17, the attractive Winnacunnet High School official's own icy performance on the witness stand and secretly recorded tapes of Smart discussing the murder.