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


Jacquelyn Downey

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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.

Original story:

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.

Latest News

More News