Victim of Domestic Violence Pleads Guilty to Setting Spouse on Fire

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Updated: October 13, 2015

In March 2014, the court of appeal ruled a retrial for Veola Pook. In July 2011, Pook was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. The new trial was to begin today however when she appeared before Justice Adolph Lucas, Pook pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.  The court accepted Pook’s guilty plea and sentencing has been deferred to next week Thursday. At that time Justice Lucas will hear mitigation pleas on her behalf. New evidence surfaced which indicated that Pook was a victim of domestic violence. In court today the facts of the case were read which stated that on December 31, 2008, Pook doused her common law husband, 42-year-old Orlando Vasquez then set him on fire. Pook suffered burns to one of her hands and reportedly told the responding officer she had set Vasquez on fire. The DPP office which was represented by Prosecutor Shanice Lovelle accepted Pook’s guilty plea.