A Tucson woman who arranged for her former boyfriend to be beaten to death was sentenced to life in prison Monday with release possible after 25 years. She was also sentenced to a consecutive five-year sentence for kidnapping.
Sara Golden, 33, told Jerry Lewis’ family she was “very sorry for these circumstances,” just prior to being sentenced.
During Golden's trial last month in Pima County Superior Court, prosecutor Lindsay St. John told jurors Lewis, 30, took a cab to Golden's house on the morning of Nov. 21, 2010, because she told him she had broken up with Scott Mediz and wanted to reunite.
After he walked in the house near South Kino Parkway and East 36th Street, Lewis was duct-taped and beaten into unconsciousness. He was stuffed into the back of a Mazda hatchback and, a forensic pathologist testified at trial, Lewis died of positional asphyxiation.
St. John replayed phone messages Golden left for friends in the early-morning hours offering them drugs and money if they would bring Lewis to her home so she and Mediz could kill him. She claimed Lewis had molested a family member. St. John also showed jurors similar text messages.
The jury convicted Golden of first-degree murder and kidnapping.
On Monday, St. John asked Pima County Superior Court Judge Michael Miller to impose a natural life sentence for Golden, in part, because Golden’s 6-year-old daughter and the girl’s younger brother were present at the time of the slaying and “saw things no child should ever see.”
Lewis’ parents, Margarita Soto Lewis and Jerry Lewis Sr., told Miller they feel as though they are living in a nightmare and wonder what their son’s life would have been like had he lived. Their son loved his nieces and nephews, had a fondness for cooking and was a devoted son.
Jerry Lewis Sr. said Golden’s mother will be still be able to visit her daughter, but his wife has nothing but an urn in a china cabinet to talk to.
Mediz, 33, was sentenced to a no-parole life sentence in the case in October after a jury trial.
Contact reporter Kim Smith at 573-4241 or firstname.lastname@example.org