By Dave Pearce
A 28-year-old Mount Vernon man who was charged last October with attempted murder has pled guilty and was sentenced this week.
According to Posey County Prosecutor Travis Clowers, Christopher S. Jolley, of 1000 O’Donnell Road, pled guilty to the attempted murder charge, as well as burglary resulting in bodily injury, and theft. Jolley was sentenced to 28 years in prison in Posey County Circuit Court with Judge Brent Almon presiding.
Following Jolley’s guilty plea, the elderly victim was contacted and was very happy that a resolution could be reached outside of a trail, according to Clowers.
“She was very happy that she did not have to testify and we are hoping that this plea agreement can bring her some peace and closure,” Clowers said of the victim. “And the end result is that it takes a person who committed a very serious crime out of our community for a very long time.”
Mount Vernon, Ind., police officers responding to a burglary complaint at Green Valley Apartment Complex where the lady lived and found the elderly woman in her apartment with injuries to the back of her head and throat.
Their investigation led them to arrest Christopher S. Jolley, 28, on preliminary charges of attempted murder, burglary resulting in injury and aggravated battery.
Officers dispatched to the apartment of Frances Jarvis found a back window open and could hear a dog inside barking.
When Jarvis’s son arrived with a key to let them inside, they found Jarvis, 70, with a laceration to the back of her head and bruises around her throat.
Jolley, of 1000 O’Donnell Road, was established as a suspect, located in the Green Valley Apartment complex and taken to the Posey County Jail to be interviewed.
There, according to a police statement, he admitted to breaking into Jarvis’s apartment and attempting to steal prescription medication that he believed was inside. Police reported he admitted to pushing Jarvis down, causing her to strike her head. He also told detectives that he had choked and attempted to suffocate Jarvis so she would not make any noise. Jarvis was transported to a hospital, treated for her injuries and released.
The investigation was done by Mount Vernon City Police with the assistance of Sheriff’s Detective Tom Latham. Jolley was lodged in the Posey County Jail on a $250,000 cash bond only until the sentencing.
The Posey County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police assisted in the investigation.
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