Morgan County sheriff’s estranged wife sentenced after breaking into home

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Jacquelyn Downey

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UPDATE – She was found guilty of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and not guilty on seven felony counts. Charges of  attempted murder and harassment by means of a telephone call were dismissed.  Downey was sentenced to 138 days with 69 days served plus 69 days of good time credit, meaning no additional jail time or probation.

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. – The estranged wife of Morgan County Sheriff Robert Downey​ is facing a preliminary charge of attempted murder.

Police responded to a home on Sichting Road east of Martinsville just after 1 a.m. Monday following a disturbance.

An investigation revealed that Jacquelyn Downey, 51, of Indianapolis, broke into a home through a window while in possession of a gun.

The homeowner confronted her, and a struggle ensued. The homeowner was able to overtake Downey and hold her until police arrived.

Downey faces preliminary charges of attempted murder, intimidation, criminal recklessness, domestic battery, and harassment.

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