Ohio prosecutors have announced that Bresha Meadows, Attorney Friedman's
15-year-old client charged with the shooting death of her father, will
be tried as a minor in juvenile court. After months of speculation that
Meadows may be tried as an adult, Friedman praised the decision he says
will allow him and Meadows' family to focus on her recovery.
"This is a monumental decision. This is what we had hoped for since
day one," Attorney Friedman told
Cleveland.com. "We can now shift our focus entirely to designing a treatment plan
that will help Bresha navigate through the recovery of this traumatic
The Huffington Post, one of many national outlets that has been following this story, also
reached Attorney Friedman for comment. "I am obviously thrilled with
the decision by the prosecutor to keep Bresha’s case in the juvenile
court," he told
Huffington Post. "This doesn’t change our position that this was a self-defense
scenario and we will press on with our effort to get Bresha home with
her family right away. Today is a great day."
"We Didn’t Know What Was Going to Happen"
Bresha Meadows was only 14 when she was arrested last July following the
death of her father. According to prosecutors, Bresha shot and killed
her father, Jonathan Meadows, with a .45-caliber gun. The Meadows family—which
includes Bresha's mother Brandi and three children in total—claims
to have suffered years of domestic abuse from Jonathan Meadows. Brandi
Meadows says she's required medical attention 15 to 20 times over
the course of her marriage due to the physical abuse.
Bresha's case quickly caught national and international attention.
Advocacy groups rallied around Bresha online and inundated the Friedman
& Nemecek, L.L.C. offices with letters of support. "I am relieved
that prosecutors decided not to try Bresha as an adult. She is not an
adult. She is still a child," Mariame Kaba, an organizer of the #FreeBresha
Among those most relieved by the prosecutors' decision, however, are
members of Bresha's family. Martina Latessa, Bresha's aunt, is
grateful that prosecutors have ended the family's excruciating uncertainty
about Bresha's future. "We didn’t know for months what
was going to happen," she told Huffington Post. "Now we know
she will not spend the rest of her life in prison, no matter what."
If tried as an adult, Bresha could have faced life in prison, but as a
juvenile, her possible detention is greatly reduced. Attorney Friedman
and our team continue to prepare this case for trial and ensure that the
facts of this traumatic incident are properly scrutinized before the court.
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