Woman found guilty but mentally ill in slayingFebruary 3, 2020
By The Associated Press
GREENWOOD — A woman has been found guilty but mentally ill in the slaying of her 83-year-old aunt more than a dozen years ago in southern Indiana.
A jury on Friday convicted Stephanie Bryant, 58, in the 2006 beating death of Stella Morgan, the Johnson County prosecutor’s office said in a release.
Morgan’s body was found in a shed behind her Greenwood home, south of Indianapolis. Bryant was arrested at an Indianapolis bus station.
She was declared incompetent to stand trial and spent the next 12 years in a mental institution until her competency was deemed restored in November 2018, the prosecutor’s office said.
Bryant will be sentenced Feb. 20 and faces 45 to 65 years in prison where she will receive counseling and treatment. She also is entitled for credit for the time she spent jailed and in the mental institution.
Bryant’s conviction provides some closure “for a family which has been suffering for over a decade,” prosecutor Joseph Villanueva said.
“Justice was served,” he added. “In this case, the jury accurately assessed the need to hold Bryant accountable while still recognizing the mental health components which were present. That is all the family ever wanted.”
More on DuboisCountyHerald.com
The Indiana State Department of Health has reported since Friday two more COVID-19-related...
Four-year-old Charlie Schnarr of Jasper was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of...
Susan Gossett wants more people to be able to go to faraway places right in the comfort of their...
Out of all eight Indiana State Police posts created when ISP was formed in the 1930s, the Jasper...
The Indiana State Department of Health reported Friday 44 new COVID-19 cases in Dubois County.
The Hoosier National Forest seeks information from the public about an area south of Paoli in...
The Indiana State Department of Health reported Thursday 50 new COVID-19 cases in Dubois County.
The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its 125th anniversary Wednesday.