Appeals Court Overturns Reckless Homicide Conviction

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

A Letcher County father says his son has justice after an appeals court overturns his reckless homicide conviction in a car accident that killed three people.

Jason Ison's father is speaking publicly for the first time since the October 2005 accident.

Jason Ison's father will never forget the day a Letcher County jury found him guilty of reckless homicide in the accident that killed Ison's wife, best friend, and cousin in 2005.

Ison was sentenced to 18 and a half years behind bars.

“He's been treated like a murderer. He wouldn't have been no better off if he went out here and took a gun and shot three people,” Gary Brashears, Jason’s Father, said.

Gary Brashears checked the status of his son's appeal case every day online.

Friday he found the words he was looking for.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals found the evidence was "Insufficient to support Ison's convictions for reckless homicide." A urine test showed Ison had used drugs in the days before the accident. But a blood test showed he was not under the influence when it happened. The reversal also says Ison was not speeding or swerving only that his tires were worn out.

“Jason intended to hurt no one. You know that was his wife,” Brashears said.

Brashears says free or not, his son will live with the accident for the rest of his life.

Jason Ison will remain in the Elliot County Jail until his paperwork is processed.

The appeals court also reversed his convictions for assault and wanton endangerment.

We were unable to reach the commonwealth's attorney for comment.

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