Man Using Assault Rifle as Crutch Kills 5 Year Old
Her name is Alysa Bobbitt. She was 5-years old and lived in Shady Cove, Oregon. On June 27, 2013, Alysa and her mom were visiting Karen Hancock in a Grants Pass apartment.
In the apartment downstairs was Jon Meyer, Jr. He too was visiting a friend, sitting on the couch and decided to use his assault rifle as a crutch to help him get up. The gun went off firing several rounds through the ceiling, and into the apartment where Alysa, her mom, and Karen were. One bullet hit Alysa Bobbitt in the head. Another bullet hit Karen in the torso.
Lori Nelson who lives down the block said she heard the gunfire and saw Meyer running down the driveway. Then she heard Danielle Wilson, Alysa’s mom come outside screaming, holding the child in her arms. “She looked up at me and said, `Please, help my baby,” Nelson said.
Court records say Jon Meyer was kicked out of his fiancee’s residence who on June 20th petitioned the court for a restraining order against him. Victoria Kohout described him as an “unpredictable drug addict” who had threatened her with a gun, and threatened to burn down her house, slash her tires, and break the windows of her car. The court records note that Meyer had four guns.
Meyer listed his occupation as lead bouncer at a Mexican restaurant, where he had worked for two years.
Jon Meyer said that the gun went off accidentally. His lawyer, Gary Berlant, said that Meyer had been assured the gun was not fully automatic. Meyer was arrested and charged with manslaughter, assault and unlawful possession of a machine gun. His bail was set at $250,000.
The state and defense negotiated a deal and on November 27, 2013, Jon Meyer Jr. was sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in prison. There were some fines and Meyer is ordered to pay restitution for Alysa’s funeral. Alysa’s family is disappointed with the punishment handed down on the man responsible for the innocent child’s death.
Last year when Alysa was murdered, her story was pushed in the background as it happened during the George Zimmerman murder trial. This story is late being blogged, and for that I apologize to Alysa’s family who has our deepest sympathy.