Murder victim's family seeks change in sentencing laws

Jul 2, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Tennessean

Earlier this year Martin Zarefoss, 28, of Madison, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Davidson County Criminal Court in the 2006 shooting death of Gallatin native Ashleigh Deyhle Farley and has been ...

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Oct 27, 2008
 
When I was woken up the next morning to be told that my relative had been shot, I was pretty... shocked. It took me a little bit for it to sink in. They told me he only got 18 years in prison. Bullshit. He killed someone. He killed Ashleigh. I believe that he should've gotten life without parole. What is it with the law these days? If I were the judge or the jury-whatever, I would've sentenced him with life without parole. That's what he deserves for the rest of his life. I hope he feels the pain he's caused all of us and the guilt he's caused for himself. That drunk bastard. I hate him with every inch that I have.
I love you Ashleigh, and you'll never be forgotten.
Rest in peace, baby.
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We have just seen this post this morning and would like to know who posted this. What relative is this? We are glad you are speaking out. We just can't figure out who it is? We would like to know. Thank you.
shawna

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This is ashleighs sister and if the person that has commented on this is a relative, could you let me know who you are? Ashleigh you are missed and thought of everyday, and we will be together again one day. I love ya!!!!
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The Zarefoss family is full of domestically violent drug addicts.
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May 30, 2009
 
I knew Ashleigh when she worked at Waffle House. She always knew my order the second I walked in and I never wanted another waitress other than her. She was a very sweet girl from what I knew of her.

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I am sorry for your loss. However, the "justice system" has no justice for the families that have to go on each day without their loved one. Never have understood why you get more time for drug, theft or driving offenses than you do for killing someone!!?? I know their is nothing you can do now cause the judge & jury made their decision but you could be an advocate for others or help other families that are going through the same thing. Again, I am sorry for your loss & hope God can help heal your pain & heart.
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Parents of Ashleigh wrote:
We have just seen this post this morning and would like to know who posted this. What relative is this? We are glad you are speaking out. We just can't figure out who it is? We would like to know. Thank you.

I just wanted to tell you that my heart goes out to you all. I know it's been close to a few years, but often a lifetime is never long enough to mourn the loss of ones child. I went to school with Ashleigh, and really thought she was a sweet girl. I will always remember that beautiful smile. God Bless you all!
zarefoss family

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Marty was wrongfully accused n backed into a corner she killed herself n everyone knows it n she was sittin there right along with him doing drugs. Marty we know u didn't do it n we love you
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Sounds like a lot of he said-she said stuff to me. But the system is set up the way it is. It's not about justice, it's about keeping a body in a cell to collect tax money. Nothing to do with how you feel or who gets punished. It's a money shuffel folks, ya ort to know that by now.
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he was not wrongfully accused. she would have never killed herself. she asked for help she knew he was goin to do it. i love ashleigh and miss her everyday. it kills me to think what her life might have been before that selfish bastard decided to take it away from her. she will be missed everyday. i love you ashleigh we will see your beautiful face again one day.
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In respose to the statement made by the Zarefoss family reguarding Ashleigh.Martin Zarfoss is nothing but a murdering, lying, drug pushing, monster.To whoever wrote this statement take a minute to go over some of the facts.1st,Martin plead guilty to 2nd degree murder,who would do this but a guilty man.2nd my Ashleigh was shot on the left side of her head with a 45,Ashleigh was right handed there was no way she could have done it herself.(with a gun Martin stoled in another crime)3rd he moved her body several times, including putting her in a crawl space,and redressed her putting her clothes on backwards.All the evidence proved that he was guilty.We always wanted Martin to go to trail to face his crimes,even when he beat her with a bat 2 weeks before he murdered her.And then killed her 1 day before going to court for domestic violence.We never agreed to a plea bargain but we had no choice in the matter.The sentence of 15 years in prison is not justice.His son will still have a so called father,but Ashleighs son can only clean his mothers grave.I hope the murdering son of a bitch rotts in HELL,and never see's the light of day.Our GOD will deal with this piece of shit of a so called man in due time.Ashleigh we will always love you,and you will be misssed everyday.We will see you again someday babygirl. Daddy an Tracy

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Dad and Tracy wrote:
In respose to the statement made by the Zarefoss family reguarding Ashleigh.Martin Zarfoss is nothing but a murdering, lying, drug pushing, monster.To whoever wrote this statement take a minute to go over some of the facts.1st,Martin plead guilty to 2nd degree murder,who would do this but a guilty man.2nd my Ashleigh was shot on the left side of her head with a 45,Ashleigh was right handed there was no way she could have done it herself.(with a gun Martin stoled in another crime)3rd he moved her body several times, including putting her in a crawl space,and redressed her putting her clothes on backwards.All the evidence proved that he was guilty.We always wanted Martin to go to trail to face his crimes,even when he beat her with a bat 2 weeks before he murdered her.And then killed her 1 day before going to court for domestic violence.We never agreed to a plea bargain but we had no choice in the matter.The sentence of 15 years in prison is not justice.His son will still have a so called father,but Ashleighs son can only clean his mothers grave.I hope the murdering son of a bitch rotts in HELL,and never see's the light of day.Our GOD will deal with this piece of shit of a so called man in due time.Ashleigh we will always love you,and you will be misssed everyday.We will see you again someday babygirl. Daddy an Tracy
I'm sorry for your lose. It has to be very hard on you to not have your daughter. 15 yr. is not enough. Sad sometimes how our justice system works. My prays are with you & your family
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Ok to start off whoever wrote that shit about the zarefoss family is a ass! We r a pretty big family and there is some of us that has a some problems but who dosen't? I seen what someone wrote from r family and I know that was a first reaction to everyones comments. When Marty left Cleveland we lost contact and haven't talked in years. Marty and I and the rest of his cousins grew up pretty close, and we didn't have easy. I know Marty got really screawed up on drugs. The Marty that you all knew was a person who needed help.I wish to god he would got it and this whole thing never would of happened. I feel so bad that u all lost someone over something so dumb! I am not takin sides but from what I heard Marty and Ashleigh were in a pretty fucked up relationship and both needed help.One thing I am wondering was anyone tryin to help these two? Why the hell wasn't anyone tryin to keep her away from him or were u? I really do feel for ashleighs family and her son. This man who killed your daughter was not the real true Marty Zarefoss it was someone who drugs took over him. I hope to god Marty u relieze what u have done and you get the help u need and I still love you and to ashleighs family I will keep u in my prayers
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u are a SORRY person!!!u killed ashleigh you sould be put in jail for ur hole life!!And killed like u killed ashleigh!!
leigha

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or just put in jail for a long time she was happy with her family she wouldnt kill her self! thats all i have to say
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this goes to martin and his family. if you truly believe that ashleigh killed herself you are more backwards, inbred and twisted than i thought. let me make this clear right up front that i DO NOT GIVE A DAMN IF I OFFEND YOU!!!!!!!!! Now that I have that out of the way.......martin,(your son - or whatever) did not get a sentence even close to what he deserved. So what if they were doing drugs?!?! You think that makes it ok that he tooksomething as precious and sacred as her life? Drugs did not do that. That common, cold, cowardly,lying waste of life and oxygen (martin) did that. Nothing and no one else!!! r u getting the picture yet? drugs don't kill people - people kill people. the safest place for him is in jail so you might wanna leave well enough alone. Karma has a way of catching up to his kind ( praise the Lord). No matter how many years he does (and it shoulda been life) he can't give back what he took. Ashleligh was beautiful girl with her whole life ahead of her. She had a loving heart, she was a mother, a daughter, a sister, a NIECE, a cousin, and a friend to so many.. not only was she robbed of her life but her family was robbed of sharing our lives with her. There is no satisfaction in you being in prison for one - not a large enough sentence - two it won't bring her back. The only thing that would satisfy me is to disense my own brand of justice - but then I would be where you are. You can bet that had I known about the incident with the bat there would not have been a chance for him to shoot her. I would LOVE to meet good ole Marty someday. Have to wait and hope!!! But you all know damn good and well she did not kill herself. My God he moved the body, redressed her and lied when he called the cops. Does that sound like an innocent Man?? Look at the evidence PLEASE1 Hell just look at HIM!!! Sumner County refused have him in their jursdiction for probation because of his violent nature and simply for the fact that he can not ever be rehabilitated. That requires some sort of a consience and its apparent that he doesn't have one. ROT IN HELL YOU BASTARD AND ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS YOU TOO!!!! Ashleigh you are loved and missed everyday. You and I shared so much that alot of people will never know. I love you and will continue to remember you daily. You will always live thru us. Love, Aunt Paula
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im just a kid but i knew ashleigh she wouldnt kill her self i miss her every day..rip ashleigh
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You know i was there when the phone call to my now husband was there. Something you can't forget. It was around 5 am when he came up the steps at his parents house crying. It was one of the worst things i have ever heard. It was just a few days before Ashleigh was out at my in laws. When we went to the place this all happened at, it was just horrifying. Blood everywhere especially male hand prints going up and down stairs. Convient the bedroom ws upstairs where their clothes were. Since HE DID REDRESS HER! I mean really family of this stupid bastard..think of the damn facts in front of you. He did this! I understand that might be your son and you don't want to think bad of your oh so "precious child" but open your fuckin eyes and look the hell around. It's time to be big people now and face reality. HE IS A P.O.S, a MURDERER, a LAME EXCUSE OF A MAN. STOP LIVING IN DENIAL. Look at the big picture. An innocent man wouldn't admit to any of that. He would have faught it. An innocent man wouldn't be a dumb ass and screw his life up and admit to something. No a gulity man can't live with his own fucked up thoughts of what he did and realizes oh man i did this. Oh and for his little drug problem you blame this on...at least where he is, he should be clean now. Ya know, Ashleigh was a sweet girl. Because of your little boy, not man (in my eyes he is nothing but a child), I really didn't get to know her. I wish i could have all i ever hear is how great of a person she was. She was beautiful. And that good for nothing monster took that from her. You know what i have seen this family go through? I bet you have not thought of that have you. I'm sure its hard your son is not there but in years he will be able to. Ashleigh can't. With that being said...think about what is all pointing to you. You have to know the truth. Your son isn't going to admit he did this to you. You guys are the only dumb fucks who beilieve him. He just wants someone to talk to. That's how people are in jail, they keep people around so they aren't alone. That bastard deserves to be alone. Really he deserves they eye for an eye rule, but who am I to say. So all of you who beilieve the bastard, ha FUCK YOU. We all know the truth and deep down you do too. That's all i have for now...untill someone else too blind to see the truth decides they want to open their mouth.:)
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i think he didnt get what he should have got out of this but take a minute if you all knew she was begin hurt by this asshole why didnt you take steps in getting her away from him begin with. there had to be signs of it on her before he killed her right what was you all doing while this went on may i ask that she may be alive today if steps was taking to get her away from him. YES i feel he should have got life that i agree but anyway my prayers go out to the family.
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in response to lily:
the family was trying to help her. she was scared to leave because he threatened to kill her if she did. she finally reached her sister to come get her but before she could get there he killed ashleigh. you can bet that some of have really gone thru the what ifs of the situation. what if we could have stopped her from going down there in the first place? ashleigh had called me to ask if she could stay with me for awhile right before she went down there. i told her she could to call me and i would come get her. she never called. six weeks later she was murdered. i wish i had insisted she come right then but we can't go back. god i wish we could. i loved her so much. i guess i sympathized with her plight because i went thru some of the same stuff she did and i could understand her mistakes. i have not been an angel myself. that's why the excuse of drugs JUST PISSES ME OFF. i've done my share in the past but you just do not kill someone simply because you're high. that's already a part of your makeup even without drugs. so his family needs to let that excuse go. i feel bad that you have to live with the fact that your child took a life. that's gotta be hard too but at least you get him back. we don't get ashleigh back. i watched her grow from a beautiful baby, to a beautiful young lady to an absolutely georgeous woman. and then i had to watch while they lowered her into the ground. i didn't get to see her face before she was put in that cold grave because they couldn't open her casket. try living with the thoughts of losing your son to a violence so sudden and uexpected and UNNECESSARY. that's what we as ashleigh's family have to live with. i really hope you can come to terms what he did. because he DID DO IT. there is no other plausible explanation. the evidence and the facts PROVE IT. Ashleigh i miss you so much everyday. I wish I could somehow turn time back. I know I will see you again someday. I can only pray you have finally found peace in the arms of Jesus. You suffered so much and that's what I hold on to. That you are safe aand at peace finally. I love you baby girl. Love Aunt Paula

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