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February 22, 2013

John King sentenced to 10 years in strangulation case

Essex County mom, wiferecount domestic violence


“But that’s about all I give you credit for.”

Meyer did say he has pressed the state judiciary to allow judges to think about victim safety when considering bail.


After the court session, Meredith said she was surprised when Meyer asked if they wanted to bring the case to trial rather than continue with the sentencing.

In court proceedings, she said, “you kind of lose your voice. But now that he was able to hear my side of the story, the judge was second-guessing, allowing me to think again. I think that says so much for any victim.”

Meredith, a nurse by profession, said Sprague was very supportive and a strong advocate throughout the past 17 months.

Directing a comment to friends and neighbors through the interview, she said, “Women protect their children. They are not staying (in an abusive relationship) because they want to. They’re staying because they have to.”

This case was the first time New York’s new strangulation law was applied in Essex County.

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