In July 2016, Brandi Meadows called police and told them that her 14-year-old daughter, Bresha, had shot her husband, 41-year-old Jonathan Meadows Sr., in the head.
Bresha was arrested and charged with aggravated murder for shooting and ultimately killing her father, but Brandi says that what her daughter did ended up saving their lives. As it turns out, there had been a history of abuse in their Warren, Ohio, home. Jonathan Meadows had been charged with domestic violence in 2011, but Brandi later dismissed the case. She says she wasn’t strong enough to fight back against the abuse, but her daughter was.
The now 15-year-old has been held inside the Trumbull County Ohio Juvenile Detention Center for the last nine months, but has just accepted a plea deal that convicts her of the reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Instead of facing a life sentence without parole, she received one year and one day in the custody of the Department of Youth Services, including time served, and an additional six months at a mental-health facility for issues including post-traumatic stress disorder. Her conviction is also eligible to be sealed and expunged from her record.
While she and her family are happy with the deal, many believe that all of the charges should have been dropped because she was acting in self-defense.