Bresha Meadows will soon be a free young woman, Ohio’s WFMJ reports.
We told you not long ago that Meadows, a 15-year-old currently serving time in a juvenile detention center for aggravated murder, had been offered a plea deal.
Meadows had a complex case — her father had a history of alleged abuse; her mother reportedly feared for her life and the lives of her children, saying that the man “has cut me, broke my ribs, fingers, the blood vessels in my hand, my mouth, blackened my eyes … if he finds us, I am 100 percent sure he will kill me and the children.”
Not about to let that happen, Meadows got a gun, and shot her father as he slept.
She has already spent nearly ten months in prison. Today, as her case was reviewed by a juvenile judge in Trumbell County, Ohio, Meadows gave the court a “true” plea in exchange for a reduced sentence and access to mental health services.
A “true” plea in juvenile cases corresponds to a “guilty” plea in adult cases.
As a result of her plea, Meadows was sentenced to serve a year and a day in a juvenile detention facility, and must complete a stint of at least six months at a mental health center, where she will receive counseling for a variety of ailments, including post traumatic stress disorder.
Cleveland’s Fox8 reports that the Meadows family is overjoyed by the ruling; that Meadows’ mother called her daughter a hero who saved her family.
Her lawyer told the station that Meadows “lived a life that no child or adult should have to endure. Every adult in her life failed her. This is a good child … this young girl was trying to protect her mother.”
Not all are happy with the ruling, however; Meadows’ aunt, the sister of her slain father, told the judge today that everything that had been said against her brother was false.
Fortunately for Meadows, the judge did not agree with the woman, and went ahead with the deal, saying that it was in Meadows’ best interest.
As the time she has already served will be included in the deal’s year and a day, Meadows will be released from prison into the care of mental health professionals on July 29.