WILKES-BARRE – A city man said he pleaded guilty to causing the death of his father because he wanted his father to rest in peace.
Edward Longfoot, 37, made the statement minutes after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday morning.
Investigators said Longfoot and his 75-year-old father, Edward Albert, got into an argument and struck each other inside their Blackman Street home on Oct. 26, 2006. Albert died due to cardiac arrest caused by the physical assault, according to the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office.
Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. immediately sentenced Longfoot to 18 to 36 months in state prison.
Longfoot was given credit for time already served – 311 days – at the county correctional facility, making him eligible for parole in six months, said Assistant District Attorney Jarrett Ferentino, who prosecuted the case with assistant district attorneys Gene Molino and Shannon Crake.
“Mr. Longfoot assaulted his father while he was aware of his father’s condition,” Ferentino said. “We’ve always believed that his father died of a broken heart and that his son broke it.”
Ferentino said the family supported the plea agreement that was reached on Monday.
“This family has been through a lot. … They were supportive and understood what the District Attorney’s Office had to do and saw to it that their brother received the treatment he needs,” Ferentino said.
Longfoot, represented by attorney Albert J. Flora, declined to speak in the courtroom.
Afterward, Longfoot told reporters that he wanted his father to rest in peace.
“I’m glad it’s over. I want him to rest in peace … to get the family back together,” Longfoot said as he was being escorted out of the courtroom by sheriff’s deputies.