Cuyahoga County

Lakewood man sentenced to 15 years to Life in Prison for murdering mother



Sean C. White
Cleveland – A Lakewood man has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for murdering his mother, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced today.

On July 17, 2015, Sean White, then 21, fatally stabbed his mother — 56-year-old Kathleen Meany — using a steak knife. At 3:36 a.m. that day, Ms. Meany had called Lakewood Police, and while on the phone with dispatch, she began screaming and the call ended.

When police arrived, the victim was bleeding on the kitchen floor and her son was at the top of the stairs to the second flood, covered in blood. Ms. Meany was taken to Fairview Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 5:06 a.m.

Just before his trial was scheduled to begin today, White pled guilty to one count each of Murder and Felonious Assault. Following his plea, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Janet R. Burnside immediately sentenced White to 15 years to life in prison. He will first be eligible for parole in 2030.

“This was the case of a loving mother who came to a tragic end,” said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Blaise Thomas, who represented the State of Ohio along with Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Steven Szelagiewicz.

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