Thursday, November 18, 2010
It was an emotional afternoon in a packed Butler County courtroom Thursday. A sentencing hearing was interrupted with tears and yelling from a teenage girl's family and friends.
Morgan Jarvi was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to the accidental shooting death of 14-year-old Andrea Young.
Wednesday, Judge Charles Hart called the case the "most needless reckless act by a person" he's ever set in judgment.
"I'm sorry for everybody that's got to be here today," said Jarvi, as friends of the victim interrupted him Thursday.
One person yelled, "murderer," as three people left the packed courtroom while Jarvi was saying he was sorry.
"I see the pain that I've caused everybody," said Jarvi.
Those who loved Andrea say that pain hasn't faded since the high school freshman died at an underage drinking party. 26-year-old Jarvi was hosting that party at his Augusta home the night of October 9, 2009.
"They woke up planning, waiting to see her smile, knowing that she was going to be there to give them a hug, and now they don't have that," said Andrea's mother, Heather Young.
Jarvi will spend five years behind bars as part of a plea agreement, on charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.
"I do find that you have shown remorse for your wrongdoing," said Butler County District Judge Charles Hart.
But Andrea's family says five years isn't enough, after Jarvi spent the past year out of jail on bond.
"He admitted to killing my child... admitted to it. But yet he still got to walk the streets?" said Young.
"That baby will never get married, she'll never have children, and Morgan still has his kids," said Andrea's aunt, Tiffany Davis.
Although the family may be unhappy with the outcome of the case, they say they are glad it's finally over.
"She can finally rest her soul now," said Young.
Jarvi's attorney says Jarvi was the one to make sure someone called 911, then turned himself in the night of the incident. He has also received treatment for mental health and alcohol problems. His attorney says these facts are further proof Jarvi is taking responsibility for his actions.
In addition to prison time, Jarvi will also serve two years probation.
An Augusta man charged in a teen's death while at a party was sentenced to five years in prison this afternoon.
Twenty-six-year-old Morgan Jarvi was charged with second degree murder in the death of 14-year-old Andrea Young.
Investigators say Jarvi was hosting an underage drinking party and that he was drunk and recklessly playing with guns. One of the guns went off, hitting Young in the head.
Jarvi was originally charged with second degree murder, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault in exchange for the lesser charge.