One by one, the grieving members of Denise K. Haught’s family walked to the front of a Fairfield County courtroom yesterday to tell the man who killed her about the depth of their loss.
Cyrus Haught, 16, said his mother will not be in the audience when he graduates from high school or in a church pew when he gets married someday. Adrianne Stephens said she and her younger sister will not grow old and gray together and sit on the porch surrounded by their grandkids, as they envisioned.
Scott L. Farringer listened and cried and said he had not meant to kill Haught, with whom he had a young son.
County Common Pleas Judge Richard E. Berens sentenced Farringer to 14 years in prison for Haught’s strangulation last year. The judge sentenced him yesterday to 11 years for involuntary manslaughter and three years for abduction and ordered the sentences to run consecutively.
A jury convicted Farringer, 35, of Reynoldsburg, of the crimes on May 30.
The two were in an on-and-off relationship. They came home from a bar intoxicated and fought around 3 a.m. on Oct. 9. Haught’s body was found later that morning on the floor of her bedroom at 13156 Shell Beach Rd. N.E. in the Fairfield Beach neighborhood near Millersport.
Haught, who was 35 and had five children, was remembered tearfully by her relatives yesterday as a funny, outgoing woman who loved her family deeply.
Her father, Larry Haught, choked back sobs as he related how difficult this Father’s Day had been. On any other Father’s Day, he said, “Denise would have been there with bells on.”
Her mother, Donna Haught, longs for her voice. “I miss my daily phone calls from her,” she said.
Her cousin Teresa Brickley-Mathis is raising Haught’s two youngest children, who were in the house when she died. She told Farringer that the 4-year-old son he had with Haught cries and trembles when he hears the wail of a siren. It is the sound the boy heard when deputies and medics rushed to the house on the morning of his mother’s death.
Farringer apologized to the family.
“There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t feel heartache for what happened that night,” he said. “It was a tragic accident.”
Family members do not accept that explanation. Farringer was jealous, manipulative and controlling of Haught, her mother and sister told the judge, and had choked her before.
The jury acquitted Farringer of three counts of murder and two counts of kidnapping as well as single counts of voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault.
Mary Beth Lane - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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