Abused Woman Gets 8 Years for Husband’s Murder

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Updated: October 29, 2015

57-year-old Veola Pook has been sentenced to eight years in prison. On October 13, Pook pleaded guilty to manslaughter.  Pook was convicted of murder in the death of her common-law husband, Orlando Vasquez.  On July 20, 2011, Pook was first convicted of Vasquez’ murder which occurred in Rancho Dolores Village.  She appealed the case and was successful when the court of appeal squashed her conviction and sentence and set aside her life sentence in the interest of justice on March 24, 2012.  A re-trial was ordered. On April 2, 2014 she was re-arraigned on a lesser charge for manslaughter and on October 13 of this year she pleaded guilty to that lesser charge. Last week Justice Lucas heard mitigation pleas from four persons on Pook’s behalf. He said he heard Pook’s remorse for her actions and how sympathetic she was towards Vasquez’ family.  He said that he also took into consideration, what the psychiatrist specialist had to say which was that Pook was suffering from battered women syndrome.   It is not certain if time will be deducted from the time Pook has already spent behind bars. Pook’s attorney Lliana Swift says the court ought to take into consideration the entire six years, nine months and twenty seven days that Pook has been behind bars since her arrest.