Bresha Meadows, Teen Accused Of Killing Her Father, Will Not Be Charged As An Adult
Earlier this year, 14-Year-Old Bresha Meadows’ name made national headlines when she was accused of allegedly killing her abusive father Johnathan Meadows. As we reported earlier, on July 28, Bresha shot her 41-year-old father in the head. Her mother, Brandi called the police and Johnathan died later as a result of his injury.
Her father’s history of abuse was documented. In 2011, Brandi explained the extent of the abuse she’d endured from her husband of 17 years. “He has cut me, broke my ribs, fingers, the blood vessels in my hand, my mouth, blackened my eyes. I believe my nose was broken. If he finds us, I am 100 percent sure he will kill me and the children…”
Later, Brandi dropped the charges against Jonathan. in the years after, Bresha’s grades began to slip and she ran away from home and had even become suicidal. When the abuse continued, Bresha took maters into her hands allegedly using the same gun her father threatened her mother with, to shoot him in the head.
At the time her story was making headlines, there was a possibility that Bresha would be tried as an adult and therefore eligible to spend the rest of her life in prison.
Now, according to her lawyer Ian Friedman, she will not be tried as an adult. Her account will remain in juvenile court. If she were tried as an adult, Meadows faced life in prison.
Bresha has been held in juvenile detention center since July 28, charged with aggravated murder. She pleaded “not true” in court which is the equivalent of a not guilty plea.
Friedman told The Huffington Post, “I am obviously thrilled with the decision by the prosecutor to keep Bresha’s case in the juvenile court. This doesn’t change our position that this was a self-defense scenario and we will press on with our effort to get Bresha home with her family right away. Today is a great day.”
With her case remaining in juvenile court, even if she is tried and convicted she can only be held, in the juvenile detention center, until her 21st birthday.
In the months since Bresha has been incarcerated over 100 domestic violence organizations have endorsed the call to drop the charges against Bresha.
Mariam Kaba, an organizer working with the #FreeBresha campaign said, “I am relieved that prosecutors decided not to try Bresha as an adult. She is not an adult. She is still a child. I continue to be concerned that she remains incarcerated which is only further traumatizing her. The #FreeBresha campaign calls on prosecutors to drop the charges against her and release her now. She doesn’t deserve more punishment.”
Bresha’s next hearing is scheduled for January 20. By that time, she will have spent six months behind bars. Her lawyer said he would be requesting a pretrial release on that date.
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