In a shocking turn of events, a 32-year-old woman from the United States, Bryn Spejcher, convicted of fatally stabbing her boyfriend 108 times, has been spared prison time. The court attributed her actions to a “cannabis-induced psychosis,” claiming she had “no control over her actions.”
Residing in California, Spejcher stabbed Chad O’Melia during a drug-induced psychotic episode in 2018, leading to her conviction for involuntary manslaughter. Surprisingly, she received a sentence of two years probation and was mandated to complete 100 hours of community service.
The incident unfolded on the night of May 27 and 28, 2018, at O’Melia’s apartment after the couple smoked marijuana together. Prosecutors revealed that Spejcher, experiencing a cannabis-induced psychotic disorder, fatally stabbed her 26-year-old accountant boyfriend and inflicted multiple stab wounds on herself.
Spejcher’s defense argued that her client, an inexperienced pot smoker, became “involuntarily intoxicated” after O’Melia pressured her to take a second bong hit. Under California law, responsibility for actions is usually assigned to individuals impaired by drugs or alcohol unless the intoxication is involuntary.
In a statement, Spejcher expressed remorse, acknowledging the pain inflicted on O’Melia’s family. However, the victim’s father, Sean O’Melia, voiced disappointment, claiming that the sentencing sets a dangerous precedent, stating, “He (the judge) just gave everyone in the state of California who smokes marijuana a license to kill someone.” The case raises questions about the legal implications of cannabis-induced psychosis and its role in criminal responsibility.