Indiana man gets life for slayings of five

David Ison

A southeastern Indiana man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting five people during an apparent drug dispute has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A Franklin Circuit Court judge sentenced 46-year-old David Ison during a Wednesday morning hearing in Brookville. The Glenwood man was sentenced after he unexpectedly changed his plea to guilty last month.

Ison was charged with the September slayings of 50-year-old Roy Napier; Napier's estranged 47-year-old wife, Angela; their children, 23-year-old Melissa Napier and 18-year-old Jacob Napier; and 43-year-old neighbor Henry X. Smith.

Their bodies were found inside and outside Roy Napier's mobile home in rural Laurel, about 50 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

Prosecutors say Ison was upset that Roy Napier had raised the price of oxycodone pills he was selling.

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