A 14-year-old Ohio teenager who is currently awaiting trial for murdering her allegedly abusive father will be tried as a juvenile and avoid a possible life sentence, said prosecutors on Thursday.
Trumbull County prosecutors informed Bresha Meadows’s attorney that they intend to keep her case in juvenile court, which means that Meadows will not face a life sentence at trial.
If convicted, the highest sentence she could face is being incarcerated until age 21.
A status hearing is scheduled for the case in juvenile court on Jan. 20, 2017.
The 14-year-old girl accused of fatally shooting her father is now being praised by her mother, who claims her daughter saved their family from a living hell.
As reported, Bresha Meadows, an Ohio native, has been charged with aggravated murder after she allegedly shot her 41-year-old father, Johnathan Meadows.
Brandi Meadows, Bresha’s mother, was married to Johnathan for 18 years, and has since come forward to thank her daughter for bravely rescuing her from abuse.
“I am so sorry she had to go through this,” Meadows told reporters. “She is my hero. She helped me; she helped all of us so we could have a better life.”
The attorney for the Meadows family, Ian Friedman, told reporters that Bresha witnessed her father abusing her mother for as long as she could remember.
As reported, the gun that the young girl used to shoot her father was the same one that he used to threaten the family with.
A Cleveland police officer, Martina Latessa, stated that Bresha was “born into a nightmare from day one,” and supports the family’s claim that they felt powerless in the situation.
As the investigation unfolds, police reports have shown that in the past officers were called to their home after Johnathan allegedly tried to kill Brandi and their three children. Charges of domestic abuse were later dropped.
The 14-year-old girl is due in court at the end of this month, and in the meantime, a GoFundMe account has been set up to help raise money for the family.
“Bresha has reached out in the past but the system has failed her,” the GoFundMe page reads. “Let’s not fail her this time.”
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