The teen accused of stabbing an off-duty corrections officer to death pleaded guilty to murder Thursday. The teen now faces more than 18 years in prison.
Teddy J.M. Bryan was just a few weeks past his 16th birthday when he stabbed 22-year-old Jonathan Favro of Aberdeen on July 14, 2012. The two were arguing about Bryan’s girlfriend outside her Hoquiam apartment when Bryan reached into Favro’s car and stabbed him high in the chest and once in the thigh. Favro drove a few blocks before his car got stuck on an embankment, then he walked to a nearby yard where he was found dead by emergency personnel.
At Thursday’s hearing, nearly 60 supporters of both the teen and Favro packed the court room, as many have for the previous hearings. Many remembered Favro by wearing Grays Harbor Bearcat jerseys or Aberdeen High School football jerseys with Favro’s name and number 54 on the back. Favro was a 2008 AHS grad.
Bryan entered the court room with his eyes downcast. He tried to shield his face from cameras as he sat at the defense table, but stared straight ahead as the plea and information were read.
Judge Mark McCauley questioned Bryan and his attorneys, Orlando Tadique and Zachary Edwards, closely about the meaning of his guilty plea.
“Did you … intentionally stab Jonathan Favro?” McCauley asked.
“Yes sir,” Bryan said.
“Your client is claiming he intentionally killed him?” McCauley asked the lawyers.
“That’s correct,” Tadique said.
“You understand this is a most serious offense?” McCauley asked the teen.
“What does that mean to you?”
“If I get two more strikes I go to prison for life.”
The standard range for Bryan is 10 years and three months to 18 years and four months. Grays Harbor County Prosecutor Stew Menefee is recommending the top of the range.
Favro’s mother, Carla, said the plea was cold comfort for her and her family.
“That just means he admits what he did was wrong. But that doesn’t take any of the pain or hurt away. It doesn’t change anything,” she said.
Both mothers involved said they were handling things “minute-by-minute.”
Elizabeth Bryan stood behind her son as the plea was entered. She said she was a wreck, and her son was distraught over Favro’s death.
“He’s completely devastated by what happened, he didn’t mean for it to happen,” she said. Bryan was under the impression the young woman involved had been sexually assaulted, hit Favro and then “panicked” when Favro fought back, Elizabeth Bryan explained.
She offered her sympathy to Favro’s family.
“I feel horrible for the family. Nobody should have to go through that,” she said.
Elizabeth Bryan said the plea made sense because the sentence could be two years longer if he’s convicted at trial.
At the hearing, she hugged family and friends, and had a protective group surrounding her as she stepped outside.
“There are a lot of people who love and support Teddy,” she said. “We all know he’s not that person. He’s a little boy riding his bicycle at the park.”
Family and friends remember Favro as a fun-loving young man, who loved writing rap music, spending time with his family and playing for the Grays Harbor Bearcats. Favro was a corrections officer at Washington Corrections Center in Shelton.
“We’re thankful for all the support we’ve been getting,” Favro’s mother said.
Bryan’s sentencing is set for Feb. 14 at 1:30 p.m.