15-Year-Old Girl Cleared For Fatally Shooting Mom's Abusive Boyfriend

Tom Gantert

Steven Kelley had history of domestic violence and abuse when he was shot to death by his girlfriend's daughter.

Rutherfordton, NC A 15-year-old girl shot and killed her mother's boyfriend who was strangling her mother and had threatened to kill everyone in the house.

The Rutherford County Sheriffs Office said it received a 911 call at 12:11 a.m. Aug. 8 about a shooting.

When deputies arrived they found 46-year-old Steven Kelley's body with two gunshot wounds, according to a post on the Rutherford County Sheriffs Office Facebook page.

Kelley was the boyfriend of Chandra Nierman who lived with Nierman and her 12-year-old son and two daughters, ages 15 and 16.

All five people had recently moved to the area from Indiana, according to police.

The police determined that Kelley had attacked Nierman and was strangling her.

While he was attacking his girlfriend, the man yelled that he was going to cut Niermans throat and kill everyone in the house.

Niermans 12-year-old son got a gun and Niermans 15-year-old daughter took the gun from her brother and shot it twice, hitting Kelley in the chest.

One of the fired rounds fragmented and grazed Niermans 16-year-old daughter in the leg. She was taken to the hospital and released.

Nierman suffered significant bruises and contusions from the attack, police said.

Police said Kelley had threatened Nierman several times in the past.

On Aug. 4, the police stated that Kelley had assaulted Nierman and fired multiple shots from a gun inside the residence in order to threaten and terrorize Nierman.

Police added that Kelley was a convicted felon, had multiple firearms in the house, and usually carried one on his person.

He also had two active domestic violence protection orders against him from two different women in Indiana and Ohio, police said.

There were no domestic violence calls made to the South Carolina residence, according to the Charlotte Observer.

The District Attorneys Office determined that the shooting was justified and no charges will be filed, according to the police.

On her Facebook page, Brandi Saddler wrote that she read about the incident.

I just wanted to say Im so sorry you had to go through that and your daughter is the definition of a hero!! Saddler wrote.

ALL 3 of my kids are heroes! Ty, Nierman wrote back.

Comments (14)
No. 1-7

She did the right thing, and is for sure a hero. It is sad that she will carry that in her heart the rest of her life. She needs to always focus on the fact that she probably saved the lives of her whole family. Live in peace young lady !


As Biff said, this young lady will need to remember that she's a heroine whenever she feels anything other than the right feelings for the actions she took for saving the lives of her family and of herself as well. She needed to take action because the scumbag was strangling her mother and was threatening to kill everyone else in the family. Hopefully, her mother will make better choices in her boyfriends in the future.


This young girl saved her entire family with her brave actions! I hope she will always remember that she is a hero for what she did because she saved other's from having to endure his abuse!


It's not easy to live with what she did, but she saved her family's life and here's hoping that she will remember that in years to come.

I'm wondering, if he was a convicted felon, how the hell did he get multiple firearms ? I was under the impression that possession of a firearm by a felon was illegal ? I'd guess from his having "multiple" firearms, that gun laws didn't stop him,


This story made my blood boil but not because of the girl who acted. It's so infuriating that this woman put her kids in the position to have to do what they did. That a 12yr old boy had to pick up a gun, his sister having to pull the trigger, is absolutely unreal. From the story it does not appear that this was a single encounter of domestic violence in this household. I understand the cycle of abuse and the victimology involved and I assert that this NEVER should have gotten to this point.


@Mrs10 Evidently you don't understand the victimology or cycle of abuse as well as you think. Having survived a very abusive relationship and lots of therapy afterwards I sympathize with this woman and her children. I was fortunate my children were young when I got out and married a wonderful man who my children identified as their father. Those children I probably seen more abuse and their lives than anyone that young should have to see. Fortunately for their mother they were strong enough to put a stop to it I just pray that the young lady who shot the abuser is going to be okay emotionally and mentally. I also hope that her son that got the gun is going to be okay emotionally and mentally. I see therapy in their future as well as the mothers. When you are the one being abused physically mentally and emotionally it takes a toll on your whole being. I know I lived through it and went on 2 lecture for a semester at my college to help police understand why we don't just leave. It's not as easy as that @Mrs 10. You get beat down physically and mentally by being told that no one could love you because you're such a horrible person so many times you start to believe it.


Go girl you did the right thing.