GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Family members of a 5-year-old girl who was shot to death cannot accept the punishment handed down on the man responsible.
The state and defense negotiated a deal to give that man, Jon Meyer, Jr., 6 years and 3 months in prison for his crimes.
The courtroom at the Josephine County Jail was packed Wednesday morning, and it was an emotional day for family members of the victim, 5-year-old Alyssa Bobbit.
Alyssa Bobbit’s grandmother read a statement in court. She says the death of her granddaughter has forever changed her life. She felt Meyer’s sentence was not a just punishment.
The state believed Meyer was reckless in his actions, but it was not intentional. Meyer also spoke up in court, telling Bobbit’s family he does not expect them to forgive him. He delivered his statement through tears.
“There hasn’t been a day since this has happened, that this hasn’t haunted me,” he said. “This will haunt me for the rest of my life. No sentence cam ever, ever amount to the pain that I’ll suffer inside for the rest of my life.”
Back in June, Meyer used a machine gun as a crutch to get off the couch when nine rounds went off. One of those bullets struck Bobbit in the back, killing her. Another bullet wounded a 44-year-old woman who survived.
Meyer was the first person to call 911 when he found out the two were shot that night.