CROWN POINT | Convicted by a jury in March of involuntary manslaughter in the death of his wife in 2012, Troy Shawn Meyers, 46, received a prison sentence Monday of six years, less than the maximum of eight years or state’s advisory sentence of seven years, over the vigorous objections of Lake County prosecutors.
A criminal arrest warrant was issued for Troy Meyers on Feb. 22, 2013. He was taken into custody in Phoenix, Ariz., three days later and extradited back to Lake County, court records state.
According to autopsy results, Shannon Meyers, of the 400 block of East 28th Avenue in Lake Station, died of multiple blunt force injuries to the head and body on Sept. 7, 2012, in the apartment the couple shared with their child and another child from Shannon Meyers’ previous marriage.
Those injuries included a massive hemorrhage from a lacerated esophagus and a broken neck, the coroner testified during the trial.
The cause of Shannon Meyers’ death was a fracture to the neck caused by “a crushing impact” or blow with the head against a flat surface, said Dr. John Cavanaugh.
Magistrate Kathleen Sullivan, who presided at the Meyers’ jury trial, heard arguments from defense attorney Richard Wolter Jr. and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Christine Parry during the sentencing hearing for Troy Meyers.
The involuntary manslaughter verdict indicates the jury determined Meyers did not mean to kill his wife, said Wolter.
Their child has been placed by child protective services with one of Troy Meyers’ cousins, he said.
“My client wants very much to be out (of prison) as soon as possible and to support his child,” Wolter said.
Parry read a victim’s impact statement written by Shannon Meyers’ mother, Sheila Perkins, of Kentucky, who testified as one of the first witnesses in Meyers’ trial.
Perkins said the jury “completely dishonored” her daughter and that she is “distraught and insulted” by the involuntary manslaughter verdict.
“He tortured her. ... He is 100 percent guilty,” Perkins said in the letter, calling on the sentence to be the maximum of eight years.
Parry argued that, while this is Meyers’ first felony conviction, he has been in and out of the criminal justice system in several states since his teens and failed probation three times. Meyers also has an active warrant against him in Florida.
Sullivan gave Meyers credit for time served and good credit days, for a total of 784 days, more than two years off his prison term. In addition, she ordered him to participate in treatment programs to “get a handle on your temper.”
Meyers was immediately remanded to the Lake County sheriff for processing to the Indiana Department of Correction.