Nov 6, 2014 6:00 PM
CONCORD - Admitted murder accomplice turned key witness, 21 year old Kat McDonough of Portsmouth, pleaded for an early prison release.
Victim Lizzi Marriott's mother, father, grandmother and uncle were among those at Thursday's parole hearing in Concord. Under the victims' bill of rights, they were able to speak.
Lizzi's father Robert Marriott said, "Kat McDonough is a despicable person. During Kat McDonough's sentencing Judge Wageling said, 'but for your cowardly and selfish actions Lizzy Marriott would be alive or this family would have a body to rest.' My daughter would be alive. That's something that needs to be said here and now."
McDouough listened via video conference from the New Hampshire State Prison for Women in Goffstown, apparently crying. The tears called into question by parole board member Mark Furlone.
Furlone said, "I really wish you were here in person because I don't think there are any tears on your face. We're doing this by remote. I don't think there are any tears there."
Lizzi's father went on to tell the parole panel about the anguish and pain his family suffered since they first heard their daughter was missing in late 2012.
Marriott said, "But she really wasn't missing. she was gone, murdered, and her body put into the water, never to be seen again. The loss of Lizzy has been debilitating. For months I cried every day. Taking and shower and driving the car were the worst for me. You're on auto pilot and your thoughts wander to what has happened, what could have been, and what will be."
McDouough's serving one-and-a-half to three years. A plea deal reduced her sentence for testifying against her former boyfriend, 32 year old Seth Mazzaglia of Dover. McDonough said she was Mazzaglia's sex slave, and that she lured Lizzi, her co-worker, to Mazzaglia as a sex offering the day he raped and murdered her. McDonough admitted to helping him dump Lizzi's body and covering up the crime.
Robert Marriott said, "Before October 2012 if you asked me to list the defining moments of my life I would have listed several, all of them very happy things. The achievements that make up life. Since then my list is much different, and the things added since then are at the top of the list and they're all negative. And I have Ms. McDonough to thank for them. The murder of Lizzi will be the most defining moment of my life 'til the day I die."
Kat McDonough said, "I've had a lot of time for my eyes to open up and see how much of a horrible, horrible thing this was. That I allowed someone's life to end."
Parole board member Jeff Brown asked, "Are you ready to go out?"
McDonough responded,"I believe so."
But the board voted against her parole, for now. They recommended she get psychological counseling and come up with a plan to live with family out of state upon her release. They said once she does that she should apply for another parole hearing for reconsideration.
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