WARREN – A defense attorney says a teenage girl accused of killing her father is “terrified” she will never walk free again.
Atty. Ian Friedman, who represents Bresha Meadows, says his client lived in an abusive household and was trying to protect her mother.
“She just turned 15 ,” Friedman said. “This is a self defense case. “
Bresha Meadows is accused of shooting and killing her father, Jonathan Meadows, 41, on July 28 inside their Warren home. She has been held at the Trumbull County Juvenile Detention Center since the shooting.
Her mother, Brandi, can be heard on the 911 recording saying her daughter shot her husband in the head.
Brandi Meadows told Fox 8 she believes her daughter is a hero. “I wasn’t strong enough to leave,” Brandi said.
The I-Team obtained a police report Brandi filed with Warren police in July 2011 stating Jonathan had abused her for years and she felt he was capable of “extreme violence.” It also states in the report that he threatened to kill her and her children. Brandi filed for a protection order but later dismissed it.
“Bresha did what she felt she had to do for her mother,” Friedman said.
Jonathan Meadows' family members told Fox 8 that they did not believe he was abusive and they say they want justice.
Trumbull County Juvenile Prosecutor Stanley Elkins says he has not yet decided if Bresha will be tried as an adult or if the case will remain in the juvenile system. If she is tried as an adult and is convicted, she could be sentenced to life in prison. If the case remains in the juvenile system and Bresha is found guilty of the charge, she could remain in custody until she is 21.
“She needs to be home with her mom and siblings getting some real help because this is going to take a long time to undo what’s been done,” Friedman said.