HAZARD – Perry County resident Eric Ison was sentenced on Thursday to serve 10 years in prison for killing another man during an automobile accident in 2011.
Ison, 20, of Hazard, was indicted in January on a charges murder, DUI and possession of a controlled substance stemming from an incident on November 4, 2011 in which he was operating a motor vehicle on Highway 15 just north of Hazard and collided with another vehicle. The other vehicle was being driven by 68-year-old Bobby Napier of Breathitt County, who died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. Ison was arrested that day after failing a field sobriety test administered at the Hazard ARH, according to court records.
After initially pleading not guilty following his indictment earlier this year, Ison entered a guilty plea on June 21 to an amended charge of second-degree manslaughter. He was sentenced on Thursday to serve a total of 10 years in prison for the crime, though he will be eligible for parole well before that time.
Bobby Napier’s sister was in court during Thursday’s hearing as well, and addressed Ison, noting that she will work to ensure that he serves the full 10 years.
“You took my brother away from me, my oldest brother,” she said. “I hope and pray to God that you learned something from this. I’ll be at the parole hearings, and if there’s any way possible you’ll stay those 10 years.”
Ison, who had been lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard since November, was remanded to the custody of the state to begin serving his sentence.