Attorney Ian Friedman of Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C. is representing
14-year-old Bresha Meadows, who is facing aggravated murder charges for
killing her father, but close relatives say she was only trying to protect
her family. Bresha allegedly shot her father with a gun that he himself
had used to threaten Bresha and her mother in the past.
“This is not something that most people even imagine,” Attorney
Friedman told Fox 8 News. “She wanted to protect her mom. That’s
what it was. And when people hear that, they feel horrible for her.”
Bresha’s mother, Brandi Meadows told reporters that both she and
Bresha had suffered relentless abuse from Jonathan Meadows for years,
but were too afraid to leave. According to police records, officers were
previously called to the property after Jonathan attempted to kill Brandi
and their three children. Brandi eventually pressed domestic abuse charges,
but they were later dropped.
“Using that gun around the house, to intimidate, everyone in the
home was terrified. Dad’s drinking, dad’s drunk, dad has a
gun,” Attorney Friedman said. “Can you imagine? Seeing the
constant beatings, the abuse. I’m confident that once they see that,
they’re going to have a lot to think about as to how they want to
Girl is Called a “Hero Who Saved Them All”
Martina Latessa, Bresha’s aunt, told Cleveland police that Jonathan
kept Bresha and Brandi imprisoned from relatives and close friends –
a few months before the shooting, Bresha attempted to run away to Latessa’s
house to ask for help, but authorities told the family they could not
act against Jonathan.
Although the case is still under investigation, Bresha has been referred
to as the “hero who saved them all” by her family. “She
is my hero. She helped me; she helped all of us so we could have a better
life,” Brandi said.
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