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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  • by good friend Location: whitesburg on Oct 22, 2008 at 09:12 PM
    well everyone is intitled to their own opinion, and i will maybe go to my grave with mine but you need to think too that the three killed was just as guilty as him. If one of the other two with liscence driving where would they be the same place jason is , i doubt that, justice is justice and not only did their families lose loved ones so did he. Even at his own wifes funeral he was pushed didnt feel welcome then u want to say he deserves what he got? He lost his twin brother 3 or 4 years before this he knew what it was like to loose someone close. My peace will not be rested till he is free I guess thats what friends are for! Besides that what about the boy who killed his coworker about 2 months ago looking for something in the floor board he is walking free , why , it all depends on the type of family you got and how much pull give it a break this is twisted letcher county you pay the price to the right people you walk free
  • by Bill Location: Pike on Sep 30, 2008 at 05:34 AM
    There is no such thing as an accident in Kentucky.If some thing bad happens, they must hang someone??Ky has become a police state,with no juctice,no fairness,no hope.
  • by good friend Location: whitesburg on Sep 29, 2008 at 08:13 PM
    JUSTICE IS ALL U WANT IT TO BE I KNEW ALL 4 OF THE PARTYS INVOLVED PERSONALLY! I BELIEVE JASON ISON DID NOT MEAN TO HURT THE 3 KILLED. HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN UNDERESTIMATED AS THE PERSON HE IS BUT I BELIEVE HE DESERVES TO WALK FREE NOT ONLY FOR HIM BUT HIS KIDS, THEY LOST THEIR MOM IN MY OPINION THEY NEED THEIR DAD
  • by bob Location: pikeville on Sep 29, 2008 at 04:50 PM
    this goes to show it can happen to anyone. you are guilty until proven innocent
  • by gp on Sep 29, 2008 at 04:24 PM
    How can one say he never intended to hurt someone when the car was near cut into two seperate peices. I have seen persons do less damage and recieve a token sentence of five yrs. This boy deserves to recieve a sentence based upon wreckless homicide. facts are facts three poeple will never live,three families will never see their children again,three lives are gone. Where is this boy's life,he still breathes everyday,what can we say for the other families. they deserve justice.

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