Indianapolis, IN – The man who murdered a Southport police officer who was trying to rescue him after a car crash almost five years ago was sentenced to 55 years in prison on Friday.
Marion Superior Judge Mark Stoner sentenced Brown to 58 years in prison, with 55 to be served behind bars and three years suspended to probation, WLWT reported.
The judge also ordered mental health and substance abuse counseling after Brown has served his prison time.
The sentencing came after emotional pleas from the families of both Lt. Allan and Brown, WLWT reported.
Brown cried as he told the court he didn’t remember what happened the day the murdered the police lieutenant who was trying to rescue him and apologized for his actions.
“I grew up without a dad in my life and I always promised to be the best dad to my son,” he said. “Not only can I not do that, but somebody else’s son will grow up without a dad and it absolutely breaks my heart.”
But Lt. Allan’s family did not show the kind of mercy that the defendant was hoping for, WLWT reported.
“That was your choice, Jason,” Lt. Allan’s father, James Allan, told Brown directly. “You pulled the trigger many times… he was there to help you and you took his life.”
James Allan reminded that his grandchildren would never see their hero father again, WLWT reported.
Some family members were disappointed that Brown was not sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Lt. Allan was fatally shot when he responded to a single-vehicle wreck at about 2:30 p.m. on July 27, 2017, according to ODMP.
Witnesses said the car was travelling at “a high rate of speed, went airborne, then upside down and landed in the yard,” WTHR reported.
Lt. Allan and a Homecroft police officer were the first to arrive on the scene and they rushed to free the people who were caught inside an overturned vehicle.
The lieutenant crawled into the car and checked the condition of the driver first, WRTV reported.
The driver – Brown – was hanging by his seatbelt and acting panicked.
Police said Brown was “hung up in the seat belt and was kind of wedged in,” according to WTHR.
Lt. Allan told Brown to calm down and crawled further into the vehicle to assist a passenger.
Police said that was when Brown pulled out a gun and starting shooting at Lt. Allan at close range, WRTV reported.
Witnesses said Brown continued firing even as the wounded lieutenant tried to crawl away to safety, WTHR reported.
Lt. Allan, 38, was shot 14 times.
The Homecroft officer and an off-duty reserve deputy from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office returned fire and shot Brown, according to ODMP.
The wounded lieutenant was transported to Eskenazi Hospital where he died of his numerous gunshot wounds.
Lt. Allan was a six-year veteran of the Southport Police Department and a 20-year veteran of law enforcement, as well as a husband and father, ODMP reported.
Brown was transported to the hospital, treated for his gunshot wounds, and survived, WTHR reported.
He was charged with Lt. Allan’s murder.
Former Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry vowed to seek the death penalty against Brown soon after Lt. Allan was killed, WIBC reported.
But the case was pending for four-and-a-half years and in December of 2021, prosecutors agreed to take the death penalty off the table if Brown agreed to a bench trial, guaranteed to speed up the process.