WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Warren teen accused of killing her father was sentenced to one year and one day in the Juvenile Justice Center.
Bresha Meadows pleaded “true” to an amended charge of involuntary manslaughter with gun specifications on Monday. The 15-year-old girl is accused of shooting and killing her father, Jonathan Meadows, last July.
A true plea is similar to a guilty plea in adult court.
“It’s been a traumatic time all the way up ’til today so hopefully, the healing will start today,” said Meadows’ attorney, Ian Friedman.
With credit for time served, she’ll spend another 60 days at JJC. She will then spend six months at Bellfair, a mental health facility, followed by two years of probation.
“It was a hard decision I understand the family didn’t like. They understood it, though,” said Juvenile Prosecutor Stanley Elkins.
The sentence was decided after attorneys for Meadows and prosecutors met Monday morning to discuss a plea agreement. Talks began about two weeks ago, and both sides have been discussing her release from the juvenile center and getting mental health treatment.
The deal comes with mixed emotions for the teen’s family. Both sides have different stories about what led her to kill her dad.
Her mother’s relatives have said Meadows witnessed and suffered years of abuse at Jonathan Meadows’ hands, while her father’s siblings said the girl was just acting out.
“It is not a good feeling to know that someone is literally getting away with murder,” said Lena Cooper, Meadows’ aunt.
But her other aunt, Martina Latessa, said she is not cold or calculated.
“Nobody was behind it. She is a domestic violence survivor. Not many women or children can always survive domestic violence so in this case, Bresha Meadows did.”
As for what really led up to the violence that night, Elkins said we’ll never know the truth.