(LibertySons.org) – In December 2023, a jury in California convicted Bryn Spejcher of involuntary manslaughter for stabbing her partner, Chad O’Melia, 108 times before killing him in 2018. According to the source, Spejcher had a psychotic break, causing her to stab her boyfriend and then herself after a bad reaction to smoking marijuana. She was recently sentenced for the crime.
On January 23, VC Star reported that Spejcher received two years probation but will not spend a day in jail for murdering O’Melia. The victim’s family members were reportedly in the room when the sentence was handed down and reacted in shock and disbelief. O’Melia’s father, Sean O’Melia, was angry with the sentence and accused the judge of giving anyone in California a “license to kill” while smoking marijuana. The defendant’s loved ones were also present. They cried in relief.
While Ventura County Superior Court Judge David Worley admitted the murder was “senseless,” he said after she took the second hit of cannabis, the evidence showed she no longer had “control over her actions.” The judgment came with a four-year suspended prison sentence if she violated the two-year probation order. Spejcher also had to do 100 hours of community service aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of marijuana-induced psychosis.
According to reports, many felt that the defendant didn’t show any remorse during the trial. The prosecution tried to paint her as a party girl looking to get high, while the defense said she dedicated her life before this crime to “helping others.” At the sentencing, Spejcher apologized to Sean O’Melia, stating that she knew her “actions have rippled [his] family apart.” The defendant said she was “broken and aching inside.”
Still, the O’Melia’s wanted her to see prison time. While it wouldn’t bring the victim back, at least there would be “accountability.” The victim’s uncle said, “There is no winner in this tragedy.”
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