Women sentenced for roles in the death of Seymour man


Tribune staff reports

All three of the people arrested in the robbery and slaying of a Seymour man in April 2015 have now been sentenced to prison.

Jessica L. Jarrell, 22, of North Vernon recently received a 20-year-prison term from Jackson Circuit Judge Richard W. Poynter after she agreed to plead guilty to robbery resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with the death of 42-year-old Gilbert Engle.

Andrea M. Hollin, 26, also of North Vernon, received a nine-year prison term from Poynter after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the incident that led to Engle’s death.

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Poynter suspended two years of Jarrell’s sentence but none of Hollin’s sentence.

The state also agreed to dismiss four additional criminal charges against each woman as part of the plea agreement.

The pair initially had faced two counts of robbery, auto theft, theft of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine.

Jarrell received 365 days credit and 116 days of good time credit, while Hollin received 363 days credit and 121 days of good time credit.

In January, Poynter sentenced Daniel L. Combs, 33, of North Vernon to a 16-year prison term after he pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine in connection with Engle’s death.

Combs also was ordered to spend four additional years in prison by Poynter for a second conviction on a Level 5 felony charge of assisting a criminal. The sentences are to be served consecutively, and state law requires Combs to spend at least 15 years in prison before becoming eligible for release.

Combs is presently serving his time at the Correctional Industrial Facility in Pendleton. His earliest release date is April 29, 2030.

As part of his plea agreement, the state agreed to drop seven other counts against Combs. Those include two counts of murder, two counts of robbery, auto theft and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Poynter gave Combs 273 days of credit time toward his sentence.

Prosecutor AmyMarie Travis said at the time the plea agreement was presented to the court, it showed Combs had agreed to accept responsibility for his role in the circumstances that led to the robbery and death of Engle.

Engle was found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest in an apartment on North Chestnut Street, and investigators believed Combs shot and killed Engle, Police Chief Bill Abbott said at the time.

They said they also believe Jarrell was with Combs when the shooting occurred during a night of partying in Engle’s apartment in downtown Seymour.

Police believe Jarrell helped steal drugs and cash from the apartment before the two left the area in a stolen PT Cruiser, Abbott said. The two later were arrested in Arcadia, north of Indianapolis.

Jarrell’s and Combs’ arrests followed on the heels of the arrest of Hollin in connection with the incident, Abbott said. Hollin surrendered to police.

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