SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A Sullivan County woman was sentenced to 17.5 years in jail Thursday in Sullivan County Superior Court on charges of voluntary manslaughter.

Susan Brown, 67, of Carlisle, Ind., plead guilty in court to voluntary manslaughter after initially being charged with murder, leading to the Nov. 4 sentencing. The charge stems from an incident on May 13, 2020 where Brown allegedly shot her ex-husband at a gas station on Old Highway 41 South near Carlisle.

Police say Brown, 65 at the time, shot 59-year-old Faron Brown, also of Carlisle. He was taken to the hospital but later died from his injuries. According to ISP Public Information Officer Matt Ames, the couple divorced in February of 2020.

The victim’s son consented to the terms of the plea agreement in court Thursday and made a Victim’s Impact Statement at the sentencing hearing. He told the court that “he wanted closure for his family.”

“In a case like this, there is never a perfect outcome, but I just hope the victim’s family received justice and closure today,” Chief Deputy John Michael Hiatt said.

At the end of the Nov. 4 hearing, Judge Hugh R. Hunt sentenced Brown to a $100 fine and 17.5 years in the Department of Corrections. 

“The facts and circumstances of this case support a 17.5 year sentence for the Defendant,” Prosecutor Ann Smith Mischler said. “The State is completely satisfied with the sentence imposed by the Judge today.”