Elizabethtown Citing the victim impact statements and those made by the defendant, Essex County Judge Richard Meyer was ready to throw out the plea agreement reached between Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague and John King, who pled guilty to strangling his wife, Meredith, on Sept. 25, 2011.
However, saying that it was in the best interest of the King children, Meyer reluctantly agreed to the plea agreement of a 10-year state prison incarceration, followed by a five-year supervised probation and an eight-year order of protection for Meredith.
John King pled guilty to the charge of First Degree strangulation, a Class C violent felony, Dec. 10, 2012, a charge which could have landed him in jail for up to 25 years.
During sentencing Feb. 21, Meredith King finally spoke about what happened to her on the morning of Sept. 25, 2011, saying, “despite the emotional trauma that it would have caused for me and my children, I can’t help but feel that I did not have my day in court.”
“I think about all of the evidence that the court, along with the unconvinced King family, were not able to see.”
King said that her husband, knowing that she was ready to seek a divorce, attacked her, punching her in the face and then strangling her until she lost consciousness and control of her bodily functions.
“He looked me straight in the eyes as he strangled me,” she said. “When I started to scream, he moved his thumbs over my vocal chords. No words can describe that feeling I had.”
He then proceeded to kick and further attack her before dragging her to a corner of the room and left her as he took their daughter out of the house to her parents.
She said that along the way, John King saw her mother, passing the child off to her and telling her not to ask any questions or go to the home he shared with Meredith.