21-year-old A’Meyah T. Brewton died when her boyfriend, 20-year-old Isaiah Cole shot her in the head while the couple posed for selfies in front of a mirror on September 13, 2020.
Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Money said Cole was high on marijuana when he racked the slide to eject the round from the chamber, removed the magazine from his pistol and then re-inserted the magazine into the firearm.
As they posed for pictures in front of the mirror, Cole pulled the trigger and sent a bullet into A’Meyah Brewton’s back.
Witnesses said that immediately after the gunshot, Isaiah Cole cried, “Oh my God, I didn’t mean to,” and “Don’t die.”
Brewton was rushed to Advocate Condell Medical Center where doctors pronounced her dead.
When police searched Cole’s residence after the negligent discharge that killed A’Meyah Brewton they discovered a locked safe containing 5.6 grams of methamphetamine, an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency, a scale and plastic bags.
On June 15th the New York Post reported that Isaiah Cole pleaded guilty to manslaughter and possession of methamphetamine for the purposes of trafficking charges and was sentenced to four years in prison.
Cole’s ignorance of how firearms operate and the resulting negligent discharge caused by that ignorance cost his girlfriend’s life.
Hopefully others will learn from Cole’s hard life lesson and treat firearms with the respect they deserve.
It only takes a fraction of a second for a negligent discharge to irrevocably alter the course of your life.
It only takes a second to make sure a firearm is unloaded.
Take that second so someone you care about doesn’t have to die.