Medlyn sentenced to 31 years to life in prison |

Medlyn sentenced to 31 years to life in prison

Steven Medlyn today was sentenced to 31 years to life in prison for murdering Grass Valley resident Mary Spratt at a hearing in Nevada County Superior Court.

Medlyn received 25 years to life on the charge of first degree murder and an additional six years on the charge of burglary. He also was ordered to pay more than $3,800 in restitution to Spratt’s family.

Family members of Medlyn and Spratt were in court during the sentencing and some of them made tearful appeals to the judge.

“I want the court to know that this has been a nightmare,” said Sandra Eyre, Spratt’s oldest daughter. “I don’t why it was my mother they had to kill.”

Eyre said her mother kept missing medicine and money ever since Medlyn and his wife began frequenting her apartment.

She also suggested that someone besides Medlyn had to be present in Spratt’s apartment during her murder to manage Spratt’s dog, which would bark if Spratt was being hurt.

Dawn Medlyn, Steven Medlyn’s wife, argued that her husband was “trying to be a friend and trying to help someone and he’s being punished for it.”

“He is not horrible, and he couldn’t do this crime,” she said, in a voice choked with tears.

“I know for a fact that Steven Medlyn is not guilty,” Linda Davidson, mother-in-law of Steven Medlyn told the court. “If I knew he had done it, I would have turned him in.”

Davidson reiterated her trial testimony, stating she knew Steven Medlyn was at her residence at the time when he was supposed to have murdered Spratt.

Superior Court Judge R. M. Smith responded to Steven Medlyn’s family members, saying that “some of the things said about the defendant were presented (earlier) to the jury and were rejected.”

He also noted that no one promoting Steven Medlyn’s innocence had said a word about Spratt’s purse that was found at his residence and was used as major evidence in the case.

Police informed Steven Medlyn that he’d be charged with murder soon after the purse was discovered.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail or call 477-4229.

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