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Family angered as man is offered plea deal in neighbor's death
CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A Calhoun County man is scheduled to appear in court Monday after being offered a plea deal in his manslaughter case against a neighbor, but the family of the man who was killed is looking for more from the Calhoun County prosecutor’s office.
The family of Shane Medley is not looking for a plea deal, but a trial and jail time. The suspect in the case, Jason Horn, was arraigned on manslaughter charges in 2012 and it is up to him to accept the plea deal.
27-year-old Shane Medley was found dead in his backyard on Westbrook Avenue in Emmett Township in April of 2012, on Monday his family will once again come face to face with the man they say killed him and they believe a plea deal will keep Jason Horn out of jail.
“There’s a life, there’s family, there’s everything that you’ve taken away, you’ve taken a lot from us,” said Shane’s mother, Theresa Medley. “He sits there with no emotion, it looks like he has no remorse.”
Family members tell Newschannel 3 that Horn has been offered a deal that would allow him to enter a plea of no contest, giving him only probation and not jail time.
On April 28th, Horn and Medley got into a fight after police say Medley had too much to drink. Investigators say he made obscene comments in front of young children and started a fight with his neighbor, Horn.
Medley was then punched in the face and found dead. Medley’s girlfriend says he had never acted that way in front of children and that such behavior doesn’t fit his character.
“You can’t just go out and kill somebody and not get jail time, but this is what’s happening,” said Theresa. “It’s what’s happening to us, this is our life, this is real.”
Newschannel 3 is told that Shane Medley Jr. points to his heart every time he is asked about his father and his family now wants to point to jail every time they’re questioned about what happened that day.
“I would ask him why, why did you take my son’s life, why, that’s what I would ask him,” said Theresa. “I would like to look him in the eye and ask him that.”
The Calhoun County prosecutor did confirm that a plea deal was offered, but wouldn’t say what it was.
The family says they were told that there wasn’t enough evidence to go to trial and win.