Ison, 48, Glenwood, pled guilty to killing Roy and Angie Napier, two of their children and a neighbor Sept. 25, 2011, at 24015 Stipps Hill Road, Laurel. He was sentenced by Cox to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole March 14, 2012.
Another information document filed that same day stated Amanda Napier “did conspire with and agree with David Ison to commit the crime of armed robbery of the CVS store in Batesville” and she drove him toward the location Sept. 27 while he was armed with a deadly weapon, but instead police arrested them during a traffic stop on U.S. 52 in Andersonville.
At 10:45 a.m. Moore arrived and consulted with his two clients.
The judge took his seat again at 11 a.m. Napier’s attorney wondered about a presentencing document that listed three prior convictions. He said she was convicted of one June 20, 2012, after the Laurel murders, so it really shouldn’t be called a prior crime.
“It isn’t legal history?” Cox questioned. “All that means is I can’t use that as an aggravator” when determining the sentence’s length. He pointed out, “This is a plea agreement. We’re not talking about aggravators or mitigators anyway.”
The judge asked if any victims or families of victims wanted to speak, but no one did.
Cox speedily read the agreement. For each count, the state recommended that Napier be sentenced to 12 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with two years suspended to probation plus fees and fines. The years were to be served consecutively for a total of 20 years of incarceration, plus probation. The paper noted, “This plea agreement resolves any and all crimes that were committed by the defendant in Franklin County on or about Sept. 25-27, 2011.”
The quick hearing ended with Cox noting that even though the sentences are consecutive, “the fees that you are paying … would be paid one time,” although a monthly fee will continue for the entire period. The judge asked about Napier’s jail credit. Her attorney answered that she already has served 190 days.
Debbie Blank can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.