Sex Offender Arrested For Murder Of Mom & Children

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Investigators announced Thursday the arrest of 27-year-old Robert Drown from West Virginia. Police say he is responsible for the murders of Jennifer Ison and her daughters, Shannah and Marissa. The three victims were found dead in their burned Carter County mobile home May 9th. Police say they were murdered before their house was set on fire.

Police say Drown was a registered sex offender in Ohio and West Virginia. KSP investigators say Drown was non compliant. He's now charged with three counts of murder, one count of arson, rape of a person under the age of 12 and burglary. State Police say they are working to have Drown extradicted back to Kentucky.

Drown did apparently know Jennifer Ison, who police say he had a limited relationship with. Police say he strangled the girls' mother. Ten year old Shannah died of blunt force trauma. Police say little three year old Marissa died in the fire.

Ap Story: W.Va. man charged with murder in fire that killed 3
HITCHINS, Ky. (AP) - State police have charged a West Virginia man with murder in the deaths of an eastern Kentucky woman and two children found dead in a house fire.

Robert L. Drowns, 27, of Kenya, W.Va., was being held Thursday in the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, W.Va. Kentucky State Police obtained a warrant Wednesday charging Drowns with three counts of murder, first-degree arson, first-degree rape and first-degree burglary.

Drowns was charged two weeks after law enforcement found the bodies of Jennifer Ison, 31, Shannah Ison, 10 and 3-year-old Marissa Ison inside their mobile home in Hitchens, which had been set ablaze.

West Virginia State Police served the warrant on Drowns at the jail, where he was already in custody on charges of noncompliance with the sexual offender registry.

A neighbor notified authorities of the blaze shortly after 4 a.m. on May 9. When Hitchins volunteer firefighters reached the scene, the three-bedroom home was engulfed in flames, police said.

Ison, 31, was a registered nurse in the labor and delivery department at Cabell Huntington Hospital in nearby West Virginia. Hitchins is about 27 miles west of Ashland.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by BRANDY Location: GRAYSON on May 29, 2007 at 07:25 PM
    THIS IS THE GIRL THAT WAS ON THE NEWS.... THIS IS TO THE COP IN ASHLAND WHERE DID YOU GET THAT INFO , JENNIFER WOULD NEVER TAKE HER KIDS TO A BAR , LETALONE LET SOMEONE SHE KNEW THAT WAS A SEX OFFENDER AROUNG THEM , THE WAY THE FAMILY AND I SEE IT SHE DIDNT KNOWE HE WAS A SEX OFFENDER TILL IT WAS ALMOST TO LATE... JENNIFER WAS A GREAT MOTHER WHO LOVED HER CHILDREN DEARLY, IVE KNOWN HER FOR YEARS AND THEY LIVED ALMOST IN MY FRONT YARD FOR YEARS..... CAN ANYONE TELL ME , MY STEPDAUGHTER IS ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN BECAUSE OF THIS MAN , SHE WONT EAT , WONT SLEEP BY HERSELF , SHE WONT EVEN GO INTO THE HALLWAYS IF THE LIFGHTS ARENT ON OR GO INTO ANOTHER ROOM . IF WE GO OUTSIDE AFTER DARK SHE HOLDS ON TO ME TILL SHE LEAVES RED MARKS ON MY ARM.....HOW CAN WE HELP HER COPE WITH THE FACT THAT THIS MAN KILLED HER BESTFRIEND, MOMMY AND LIL SISTER. AND MY 7 YEAR OLD ASK CONSTINATLY ASK WHEN ARE THEY COMING TO PLAY WITH THEM... WE HAVE HAD TO EXPLAIN TO THEM WHAT RAPE ARRSON AND MURDER WAS.....WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS?????????????
  • by Annemarie Location: Sacramento, CA on May 28, 2007 at 10:27 AM
    There seems to be no reasoning with the mob mentality. I noted in my comments that this one was committed by a registered sex offender but that the greatest number of sexual crimes are committed by those who don't register because they're new, and no one comments. One poster even said there should be a one strike for sex offenders. I don't know about Virginia laws, but in California, someone who pees in an alleyway and the cops see it is a registered sex offender. Would you put such a person like this in jail for life, or fry them? Or a woman who gets caught prostituting herself is a registered sex offender. Shall we jail her for life? The hysterical reaction to this guy's heinous crime shows that the public isn't thinking straight on this issue. Get a grip, folks.
  • by Phyllis Location: Richmond, VA on May 27, 2007 at 02:42 PM
    I agree..one strike law, in the case of sex offenders
  • by Joe Location: Stanton, KY on May 26, 2007 at 08:02 AM
    This man if proven guilty should be put to death.. He needs to be sent straight to GOD to be judged. This is what our bible tells us to do. People who murder,rape or molest a child should be put to death.God will take care of it from there. If people like this was put to death. We wouldn't have to worry about this kind of thing happening. We as a counrty should protect our children. Keep them safe and fed. Istead of people doing this that are more concerned about spending millions on gay issues and stupid wars. We need to teach love and respect. I was raped and molested as a child. I have 5 sons now. I would kill anyone that would do anything like this to them.
  • by Rick Location: Somerset on May 26, 2007 at 07:28 AM
    They need to quit letting these guys off the hook by saying they are mentally ill. I agree that they are, but that doesn't help the innocent mother and children who are dead by his hand. Either let them rot in jail or put them to death as it seems to be the right thing to do in this case.
  • by cop Location: Ashland on May 26, 2007 at 06:25 AM
    If you only knew all the facts. Such as, why was a mother, with children, at a bar. This is where they met and later had sex. Then she told someone of his violent side and then give him directions to her home. I agree with the death penalty, but not with the 20 years for the appeals process. We then feed, house and provide him medical benefits for those 20 yrs. Then we have those in society who can't afford medical coverage. Where are our priorities?
  • by anon Location: lex on May 25, 2007 at 09:05 PM
    Hey Paul, give your soft hearted speech to these victims...oh, thats right, you can't. They're dead. Tell this family about our wonderful justice system who let this guy out into a society of innocent children. Oh, that's right, you can't. They're dead. And burned. Explain to which ever of these babies that were raped that this guy has a "mental malfunction." Oh, that's right, you can't. They are DEAD. No one is protecting our children. Not the government, many times not the parents, NO ONE. This is an epidemic that NO ONE is trying to cure. I believe that the Lord wants us to have mercy, but why does this person deserve it when this family was shown none? I will never understand this.
  • by Annemarie Location: Sacramento, CA on May 25, 2007 at 08:58 PM
    I agree with the posters that if this guy is found guilty, he should be thrown in prison for life. (I do not support the death penalty.) However, for those of you who think that this kind of crime is reserved for registered sex offenders, think again. The majority of registered sex offenders in many of the states are not repeat offenders, nor are they child molesters. (The states get federal funding for expanding Megan's Lists, so states have been adding categories of various sex offenses for the past 10 years. Child molesting is only one of many.) Secondly, just put the term sex crimes in any web browser and you will see incidents of sex crimes pop up all over the place. I have done so for the past several days and I was absolutely amazed at who was being caught as a sex criminal: state lawmakers, doctors, lawyers, teachers, youth pastors,war veterans, day care operators, dads, moms, teenagers, etc. Rarely were any of them already a registered sex offender, a statistic already shown in the government's statistics showing that most of the new sex crimes being reported each day are not being committed by identified sex offenders, but by people never caught. The only reason many of the other posters latched onto the sex offender status of this suspect is because the media mentioned it. Sex and violent crimes are being committed by people from all walks of life and many of them have never been caught.
  • by kathy Location: ky on May 25, 2007 at 02:35 PM
    that man if he is guilty should be sentenced to life!!!!! !!! Its ashamed, and they should consider the death chair!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Jeff Poe Location: Clay City on May 25, 2007 at 01:56 PM
    I agree with the death panalty but first we need a governor who can sign a death warrant that isn't a doctor.

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