Police add attempted murder charge

Seymour police have added an attempted murder charge against man they said broke into a woman’s residence and battered her earlier this week.

Matthew Scott Gillaspy, 43, of Seymour faces the preliminary Level 1 felony charge after an incident reported to police early Monday morning. He is being held without bond at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown.

Gillaspy also faces a preliminary Level 5 felony charge of burglary and preliminary Level 6 felonies of strangulation and domestic battery in the presence of a child.

Assistant Police Chief Craig Hayes said police were called to the 700 block of West Fifth Street at 3:30 a.m. Monday.

The woman told police she woke up at 2 a.m. and Gillaspy had broken into her residence and was standing in her bedroom. Hayes said the woman told police that at one point, Gillaspy put a plastic trash bag over her head and she started to scream.

He said Gillaspy and the woman had been in a relationship at one time.

Gillaspy was later found at a residence on Elizabeth’s Way, where he was arrested.

Detective Sgt. C.J. Foster has been assigned to head the investigation.

Gillaspy was booked into the jail at 6:45 a.m. Monday.

A Level 1 felony is punishable between 20 and 40 years upon conviction. The advisory sentence is 30 years.