Bresha Meadows, the Ohio teen who killed her allegedly abusive father, faced a fate that could have made her the youngest inmate in the state if tried and convicted as an adult. Meadows, hailed as a hero by her mother, was spared a harsh sentence after taking a plea deal that will lead to her freedom in little as 18 months.
NBC News reports:
Bresha Meadows, the 15-year-old girl Ohio jailed for killing her allegedly abusive dad, finalized a plea deal Monday with Trumbull County prosecutors that will soon move her from behind bars to a treatment center.
The teen, who has been locked up for 10 months already, will be moved from a detention center to the Bellfaire JCB residential treatment center on July 29th — where she will receive therapy for the next six months.
The outlet adds that the attorney for Meadows told them that the deal will seal her case when she turns 21, leading to no mention of the crime on her record from that point on. Meadows’ original charge of aggravated murder was reduced to involuntary manslaughter.
In 2016, Meadows used her father’s .45-caliber handgun and shot him while he was asleep. Her mother claims that for the bulk of their marriage, her husband verbally and physically abused her. Brandi Meadows told the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 2016 that she believed Bresha was trying to save the family from more harm.
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