Bresha to be released to mother Sunday

Teen pleaded guilty in her father’s death

WARREN — Less than two years after her father was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, the Warren teen convicted in his death is expected to leave a treatment facility and begin living with her mother on Sunday.

Bresha Meadows, 16, pleaded guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in May 2017 in Trumbull County Family Court. Her father, Jonathan Meadows, 41, died in the early morning hours of July 28, 2016, in the family’s home on Hunter Drive NW.

Judge Pamela Rintala sentenced the teen to a year in a juvenile facility, several months in a treatment facility and two years of probation, following her release.

Defense attorney Ian Friedman said he could not release details about Meadows’ plans for school or what community she will be living in with her mother.

“Bresha has been through an incredibly traumatic ordeal. I have confidence that she is going to do great things in her life. I hope that people allow her to put this behind her and let her live in peace, finally,” Friedman said.

Lena Cooper, Jonathan Meadows’ sister, said she isn’t happy with the results of the case.

“It is very hard for my family because true justice has not been served,” Cooper said.

Cooper said she still has questions about the case — like why the gun that killed her brother had his DNA on it, and another person’s from the household, but not Bresha’s.

Cooper said she doesn’t think the whole story has come out just yet and wonders why allegations of abuse against her brother didn’t surface until a few weeks after the shooting.

Almost immediately after Meadows was charged, Friedman asserted the young girl was a victim of abuse.

As the case drew attention across the nation and world, donations for Meadows poured in through an online crowdfunding platform — tens of thousands of dollars were raised by people supporting Meadows as a victim of abuse who killed her abuser.

But Cooper disputes the narrative and said she wants to see the real motive behind the murder come out.

Without commenting specifically on Meadows’ case, Tim Schaffner, executive director of Trumbull County Children Services, said his agency does not generally stay involved after cases like these are settled. But, sometimes, if asked by the court, the agency performs a home study before a child is returned home to assure they are going into a safe environment.


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