One of three men charged in the 2015 fatal shooting of Amanda Blackburn has been sentenced to 29 years in prison for his part in the killing, according to court records.
Jalen E. Watson, who in 2017 pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and two counts of burglary in the killing of the Indianapolis pastor’s wife, was sentenced last month to serve 29 years for the robbery charge and 20 combined years for the burglary charges, the records show. The sentences will be served concurrently.
Watson’s guilty plea was part of a deal in which seven other charges, including murder and auto theft, were dismissed. Two other men, Larry Taylor Jr. and Diano Gordon, were also charged in connection to the killing.
The plea agreement requires Watson to cooperate with the state in the prosecutions of both Taylor and Gordon, according to the man’s sentencing order. It says the court may “consider reducing defendant sentence” after he has completed his cooperation and if he has a “clean conduct report.”
Blackburn was shot and killed Nov. 10, 2015, in her home in the 2800 block of Sunnyfield Court on the northwest side of Indianapolis. She was 12 weeks pregnant with her and her husband’s second child at the time.
Police said her slaying was tied to a neighborhood burglary. Investigators said the suspects saw Davey Blackburn, the woman’s husband, leave his house and seized the opportunity to also burglarize the Blackburn home.
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SOURCE: Indianapolis Star, Lawrence Andrea