Sentencing delayed for teen charged in death of Metro Officer John Anderson

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A judge has delayed the sentencing of Jayona Brown, the teenager charged in the July 2019 death of Metro Police Officer John Anderson.

Judge Steve Dozier received new information from the state regarding Brown’s past including school and juvenile court records, that he needed more time to go through.

It was an emotional afternoon in the courtroom as several victim impact statements were given from Officer John Anderson’s family; including his mother, Anderson’s girlfriend, and the mother of his youngest child.

“I will always be changed and broken by the defendant’s purposeful, careless and negligent actions that killed my son,” Anderson’s mother Jennifer told the courtroom through tears.

“Your actions that night affected my son and I for the rest of our lives… It’s such a nightmare,” cried Kristen Buell, the mother of Anderson’s youngest child.

Brown also read an apology letter to officer Anderson’s family, but Anderson’s mother and aunt walked out of the courtroom as she began.

“I know that your family holidays, family trips, and their lives will never be the same. If I could redo that day all over again I would in a heartbeat. When this tragedy occurred I was a 17-year-old child looking to go out and have a good time. That night when I snuck out of my parents’ house my intention was to be with my friends for a few minutes and return home. Never did I imagine that I would be involved in a car crash that would take Mr. Anderson’s life,” Brown read in part.

The Judge told the courtroom he plans to issue an order within a week. 

Last month, 18-year-old Brown pleaded guilty to all four charges including vehicular homicide, aggravated assault, evading arrest, and driving on a suspended license.

Officer Anderson was responding to a call around 3 a.m. on July 4, 2019, when police said Jayona Brown ran a red light and slammed her vehicle into his patrol car. Anderson’s vehicle caught fire and the officer was killed. Brown was 17 at the time of the crash. Juvenile court had transferred the charges to adult court.

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