WARREN, Ohio – A 15-year-old girl charged in the fatal shooting of her sleeping father pleaded “true” to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter and Monday was sentenced to one year in prison.
The girl’s lawyer has said that she shot her 41-year-old father in July last year to stop him from the abuse of the family.
The girl, who has been in jail since the shooting and has been charged as a young qualified manslaughter, will serve two more months in prison. Trumbull County Family court Judge Pamela Rintala also ordered her to undergo mental health care.
Assistant county prosecutor, and Stanley Elkins said the plea deal came after the witnesses who were present at the scene of the shooting, changed their testimony.
He said that those in the house had told the police the girl is not being abused.
The girl’s lawyer, Ian Friedman, said her father abused her mother and that she and her brothers and sisters were witness of it every day.
He said that the teenager shot her father once in the head with his .45-caliber pistol as he slept on a couch in the living room in the family’s home in Warren, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Cleveland.
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Friedman described the father’s control and said that he needed his wife to remain constant in the near of him.
The girl of the 41-year-old mother, told WJW-TV in Cleveland last year that she filed for a protective order against her husband five years ago, but later dismissed. The mother called her daughter a hero for her actions.