LIMA — A woman who encouraged her son and another man to shoot a person was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday.
Melinda Bailey tried to convince Judge David Cheney she was too ill and not bad enough to send to prison but the judge just couldn’t overlook the facts of the case.
Cheney found Bailey encouraged the two men to shoot Ladre Collins. He said an inch or two one way and Collins could have died.
“The bullet came out his neck,” Cheney said. “It’s likely they would not have done it except for the encouragement that you provided.”
Bailey said she did not tell the men to shoot Collins.
The judge said he didn’t believe it and asked why she wanted Collins shot.
“I was on medication,” she responded.
Bailey was sentenced on the charge of felonious assault for her role in the Oct. 28 shooting of the 19-year-old Collins. He was shot in the neck. The shooting happened at 423 Albert St., where Collins lived. The incident started out as a fight outside, which led to the shooting after Collins got the better of Darquavious Matthews.
The 18-year-old Matthews and Bailey’s son, Trey Bailey, 22, each were sentenced to five years in prison. They were the two who fired guns at Collins.
Bailey apologized to Collins, who was not in court.
“I am so sorry. I’m no mean person. I don’t like guns. I just don’t know what happened,” she said.
Bailey said she has made mistakes in life including raising her children but did not want to repeat the same mistakes with her grandchildren.