A 47-year-old man was sentenced to 45 years in prison for killing his estranged wife and shot his mother in law inside her Oxford home.
Scott Gellatly pleaded guilty earlier this year to killing his ex-wife, Lori Gellatly and shooting Merry Jackson in Oxford back in the summer of 2014. The guilty plea was part of a plea agreement.
"That day Scott took the life of our beautiful daughter,” Jackson said outside of court.
State police said Scott Gellatly murdered his ex-wife, wounded Jackson and then fled. It sparked a manhunt along the eastern seaboard and put a number of schools in lockdown from Oxford to Winsted.
He was eventually found in the parking lot of an abandoned Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Winsted. At the time, troopers said he was trying to commit suicide.
Scott Gellatly was sentenced at Milford Superior Court around 12:30 p.m. with members of Lori Gellatly in the courtroom.
"I have to live with why me and not Lori? I would trade places with her in a heartbeat,” Jackson said.
Dozens of family members turned out sporting purple, not only Lori's favorite color, but also for domestic violence awareness.
"Every holiday, celebration or get together has been forever changed. We have been robbed of so many memories,” Lori’s sister Kacey Mason said. “One selfish act has left me without seeing her big smile, her laugh or her silly antics."
Lori Gellatly had a restraining order against her husband and was going to court the next day to see whether or not it would be extended. At the time of the shooting, the couple's twin toddlers were home, but not harmed.
"Lori's life was her children. Now the twins will only know stories of their mother. We will forever have an empty seat at our Thanksgiving table,” Lori’s aunt Cindy Taft said. “Lori spent every Thanksgiving of her 32 years at our home. Now we light a candle in her memory."
The family said the two young children are healthy and happy.
When give a chance to speak, Scott Gellatly told the judge, he made a mistake and asked for forgiveness. That line ended with a laugh from many inside the court room.
“Lori is an angel, she is my angel. She is in heaven and I will see her soon,” Scott Gellatly said.
The judge stated in court that Scott Gellatly must serve 25 years of those sentences. And the family said with the 45 years, this is essentially a life sentence, something they are pleased with.
"That day Scott lost. He came to take Lori, but we have her,” Jackson said. “We know where she is. She is safe and she is at rest."
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