Missouri Mom Who Attacked Son's Alleged Heroin Dealer With Baseball Bat Convicted

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via stltoday.com video.
Sherrie Gavan.
"She did what any good mother would do."

So says the attorney of Sherrie Gavan, a 54-year-old Jefferson County mother who was convicted this week of third-degree assault for attacking a 22-year-old man with a baseball bat.

What was her motive? She said the man was her son's drug dealer -- and had contributed to his heroin addiction.

Her explanation, however, apparently did not convince a jury the way she hoped it would. Check out her firsthand account of the incident below.

Here's a Post-Dispatch interview in which Gavan explains the events leading up to the assault.

"My mother's instinct took over," she told the paper. "I was scared. I was paranoid. I did not know what was going on."

The confrontation occurred, she said, after she had warned Joshua Loyd, the 22-year-old who had apparently done drugs with Gavan's son, now nineteen, to stay away.

But Assistant Jefferson County Prosecutor Jacob Costello made the argument to jurors that she broke the law, regardless of the circumstances, the P-D reports. "This case is not about whether Mrs. Gavan is a good parent. You can't take matters into your own hands like that.... She made a choice to pull out the baseball bat."

The mother told the paper, "I don't know what happens from here. I just know you can't protect your child anymore."

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 4.

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PJ Mitchell Rulo
PJ Mitchell Rulo

I'm wondering what they done to the drug dealer?..Heroin kill's people everyday and is illegal,obviously.I really hope her son get's the help that's needed for his addiction.I would have done the same thing if I were ever in this mother's shoes for sure.she might have even saved another user's life beating the shit out of the dealer with a bat that day.

Mark Swain
Mark Swain

This lady should be given honors. Not Jail time.

Mark Swain
Mark Swain

If she had shot him, the NRA would have influenced her judge to let her go, but since she beat him with a bat, She must pay. WTF People better wake up

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

more proof our judicial system is malfuntioning.

NoMore
NoMore

"You can't take matters into your own hands like that" it says. Really? Is that a new rule or something? Did the weakling and cowards get together and make this bullshit rule? You can and you should absolutely take matters into your own hands, I`m sick of these whining cowards, what am I supposed to do, just sit on my ass and hope the police takes care of my problems for me? If more people stod up for themselfes and stopped relying on other people to take care of their shit for them the world would be a better place.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

She committed a violent act out of rage. She is not likely a threat to society (unless someone harms her ADULT offspring). Wait until June 4th before crying foul.

She should have called the police to bust her son and his dealer for procession of drugs. If she wants her son to break his addiction, send him to a place where he must face rehabilitation by court order. In protecting her son by using a ball bat, her son will only find some other creep to purchase drugs, and that creep may be ten times worse than the one she beat up. 

Cody Reid
Cody Reid

Sounds like that dealer was a punk for filing charges...and if the state picked it up they need to re evaluate their purpose....

Turd_Ferguson
Turd_Ferguson

This mother did what most any mother would do.  That said, she is still a criminal and deserves whatever sentence she gets.

Katie Kelly
Katie Kelly

We need laws - we are not vigilantes.

Frank Motlik
Frank Motlik

HELL NO... She should get to step up to the plate for another SWING..!

Robert D. Drummond
Robert D. Drummond

Should she go to jail, NO. Other punishment such as probation, community service, YES.

Jason Brock
Jason Brock

The law is the law, don't like it fight for it to be changed.

John Lupia
John Lupia

Maybe being a better parent in the first place would have helped. Jail for sure.

Katie Kempf
Katie Kempf

Helllllll NO! I've almost done the same thing!!!

Brian Cunningham
Brian Cunningham

The mother should have got a pat on the back for taking one out. right that drug dealer should not have any rights. Except to go str8 to jail with out chance of getting out.. I just don`t think its` fair to the mother at all that judge must have lost his damn mind. He should have took the mothers side for she was doing it to fight him for the well being of her kid. Just goes to show how justice works for the bad guy so the law gets more money and lets them go free to do it all over again...

Michael McGowen
Michael McGowen

She committed assault, the law is clear...what if she had mistakenly attacked an innocent person?

Adam White
Adam White

I would do the same. Kudos, ma'am, take no shit from such swine.

Jimmie Thomptson
Jimmie Thomptson

the system always protects the criminal, more so than the abused. she is a hero, we need more people with a spine to stand for what is right...

Nick Ferrara
Nick Ferrara

After watching the video, it is clear that she broke the law. She knows it and admits it. If I were a judge or juror, I would not send her to jail. If she is sent to jail, it would be a travesty. I would love it if the RFT would follow up to see if her son or the young man she assaulted has any kind of epiphany, and stops using this poison. I'd also be interested to know if the drug "dealer" has been arrested or prosecuted. If not, the Arnold Police need to get their priorities straight.

Lena May
Lena May

The heroin dealer should drop the charges. What a scum. He knows what he does is wrong.

Bridget Kelly
Bridget Kelly

I'd try to kill anyone providing my children with heroin, so no.

Ronni Smith
Ronni Smith

yes she assaulted a heroin supplier who was basically killing her son. It's easy to point fingers when it's not your child's life on the line.

Ronni Smith
Ronni Smith

She got her point across, the dealer stopped selling to her son. I think her weapon of choice is her business the system had already failed her family so she was forced to take the law into her own hands, she didn't have a choice any more.

Angie Maniaci
Angie Maniaci

She should be given an award. Think of how many deaths she potentially prevented by taking that miscreant out of commission for a few days.

Sara Pryce
Sara Pryce

I think you'd have a hell of time proving the imminent danger in court.

Sara Pryce
Sara Pryce

Unfortunately we've all seen too many movies and we believe vigilante justice is OK. It's not. We are a nation of laws.

Robert Trammel
Robert Trammel

so what about lindsey lowhand, do you think the courts are fair with her, hell no money talks..

James M Grandone
James M Grandone

Mitigating circumstances, she was defending her son's life in her mind.

Sara Pryce
Sara Pryce

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

Dennis Fleming
Dennis Fleming

If she has no priors, maybe an out of incarceration service of some sort. All heroin dealers should be assaulted, by the police if no one else, because they are taking lives just like a murderer.

Marina Allen
Marina Allen

Legally, I think she has to be charged with assault ...because that's what it was, but I would imagine she can make some kind of plea to reduce punishment. Sick as it seems, you can't deny legal rights to anyone no matter how much of a scum bag they are. What a sad case for the mother and her child.

Greg Hahne
Greg Hahne

that's in Jefferson county? I thought they only did meth!

Mark Patrick
Mark Patrick

It does not matter what anyone on FB thinks or feels. If she was any good with a bat then the dealer would be dead.

Sharon Morrow
Sharon Morrow

If im not mistaken her charge may be assult with a deadly weapon....and yes she should be charged, it would be nice if they reduced the charges due to the threat of harm against her son, however i dont know if the law can stretch that far......

NoMore
NoMore

@Turd_Ferguson Dude, she beat a heroin dealer. She deserves a f-ing medal. And you dare call her a criminal? And the dealer, he was a victim in your little Peter Pan world I assume? How is it wrong to beat the crap out of a heroin dealer? Explain that to me, give me just one good reason why people shouldn`t beat heroin dealers.

NoMore
NoMore

@Katie Kelly Here`s an idea for you, have a kid, spend all your time on that kid, and then when he turns 17 sit back and watch as he turns into a junkie. Can you do that? Can you sit back and watch human waste sell poison to your baby? If you can, then you are a very sick person and I feel sorry for you, you have lost something important.

reagan09
reagan09

We have laws. Stupid laws that punish a parent for trying to protect her kid, and protect a drug dealer when he gets his ass whipped. Easy for you to say when it's not your kid. SMH...

reagan09
reagan09

You're right. Because it's ALWAYS the parent's fault when a kid does something stupid... My God you're an idiot...

NoMore
NoMore

@Michael McGowen if she had attacked an innocent person she would go to jail. No problem. But she attacked a heroin dealer, those people are worth less then mold so she should get a medal and a diploma for being an oustanding citizen. She did the sane thing, unlike so many other cowardly people with a fetish for laws.

reagan09
reagan09

THEN she should be punished. What if she tortured baby puppies??? Oh wait, she didn't. So I guess we can't punish someone for something she didn't do. Dang it. You're an idiot.

NoMore
NoMore

@Sara Pryce and those laws were made by people just like you and me. Regular, dumb people who puts their pants on one leg at a time. Do you really trust people that much?  You trust some strangers who wrote something down and called it laws to take care of your life for you? You trust them to be right? Good luck with that, I know I dont and I never will, I trust common sense.

NoMore
NoMore

@Robert Trammel Lets see, a mom who beats her sons heroin dealer compared with a 50 year old wanna-be actress with no talent other then getting arrested every 3. day for some bullshit no one cares about. No, just no, go find somehting better to compare it with.

reagan09
reagan09

So I guess your children (if you have any) have never been in danger? Apparently not or you might understand why she did what she did. Protecting your child is an instict, slap her on the wrist and let her go.

NoMore
NoMore

@Marina Allen are you kidding me, heroin dealers have no leal rights, ok?  Those people have the right to shut the f- up and take a beating, that`s the only right they have. Legal rights for heroin dealers, what a joke, people like you make me sick with your fluffy, pink imaginary wolrd full of rainbows and unicorns.

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