Laurel Five Killer’s Girlfriend To Be Sentenced Wednesday
By Mike Perleberg
(Brookville, Ind.) – Amanda Napier, the girlfriend of infamous Laurel Five killer David Ison, will learn her sentence on robbery and drug dealing charges Wednesday.
In September of 2011, David Ison gunned down a family of four and a fifth person at a mobile home in western Franklin County. Police said the motive for the slayings was that Ison’s pill dealer, Roy Napier, had increased the price of meds he was selling illegally to Ison by $2 a pill.
Ison, 48, is now serving five life without parole sentences – one each for victims Roy Napier, his wife Angela Napier, daughter Melissa Napier, son Jacob Napier, and family friend Henry Smith.
Amanda Napier – not related to the four murder victims although she shares the same last name – accompanied Ison to that botched drug buy. Investigators said she stayed in the car parked away from the murder scene on Stipps Hill Road in western Franklin County.
Following the murders, Napier and Ison were stopped by Indiana State Police as they were travelling to Batesville to rob a drug store. Both were taken into custody.
In October 2012, Napier, 37, was charged in Franklin County with Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery (Class B felony) and Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Class B felony).
Electronic records show Napier reached a plea agreement with Franklin County Prosecutors on March 3. She faces up to 20 years on each of the two counts when she is sentenced during a hearing in Franklin Circuit Court at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday by Judge Steven Cox. Eagle 99.3 will have it covered.
Napier also faces robbery charges in Ripley County for allegedly acting as Ison’s getaway driver during an armed robbery at the Triplett Drug Store in Osgood in May of 2011.