Life in prison without the possibility of parole was the formal sentencing David Ison, 46, of Glenwood, received for killing five people in Franklin County on September 25, 2011. This announcement came last week, March 14 after Ison pled guilty to the murders one month earlier on February 14.
Ison pled guilty to murdering four members of one family: Roy Napier, 50, Angela Napier, 47, Melissa Napier, 23 and Jacob Napier, 18, as well as their neighbor, Henry X. Smith, 43, all of the deceased lived near Laurel in Franklin County.
A member of the Napier family told the media he didn't think Ison showed any remorse at the sentencing and that no punishment could make up for his loss. He lost two siblings and his parents in the slayings.
Ison apologized to the family members at the hearing, but it seemed to fall on deaf ears as they said their lives and many others were forever changed by his actions.
After the sentencing was heard, some in attendance began pointing and yelling at Ison. He responded with a rude comment to a lady before police hustled him from the courtroom.
Outside, Ison yelled, "Life over death". He also implicated his former girlfriend Amanda Napier (no relation to those murdered). He said "It wasn't like she said it was, it was premeditated and she was part of the plan."
Ison was taken to a state prison the same afternoon of sentencing.
Amanda Napier remains in the Ripley County Jail on an unrelated crime. She is allegedly part of the duo that included Ison, of attempting to rob the G.A. Triplett Pharmacy, Osgood, in May of last year. Napier has a jury trial date set for May 22 for the attempted robbery.
Ison will still have his day in court in the attempted robbery case. A trial has been set for September 18.
Both of the cases involved drugs, along with a third alleged attempt to rob a CVS Store in Batesville.
According to Ripley Publishing Co. files, the couple's first attempt at getting drugs was when Ison allegedly came into the Osgood pharmacy demanding drugs. A scuffle ensued with the pharmacist on duty, who was later taken to the hospital for a heart condition. Ison fled the scene.
The second drug deal was when they went to the Napier's home in Franklin County and found that they could only buy 30 pills instead of the 50 they were expecting, and the price had changed by $2. In the Probable Cause Affidavit that was the reasons given for killing five people there.
The third near robbery was when Ison was pulled over for a traffic violation in Connersville. He told police he was wearing a disguise because there was a murderer loose in the county. Police found a .380 handgun along with an AK-47 assault rifle. At that time police had reason to believe that Ison, and his girlfriend, Napier, who was with him, were on their way to commit a robbery at the CVS in Batesville.