Hubbell seeks reduction in prison term for murder conviction

A convicted murderer returned to Columbus after 20 years in prison to seek a reduction in his 75-year prison sentence.

Jason Dean Hubbell, 44, appeared before Bartholomew Circuit Court Judge Kelly Benjamin on Feb. 20 for a post-conviction relief hearing.

Hubbell was arrested and charged with abducting Sharon Myers in a parking lot outside Arvin Industries on May 13, 1997.

Hubbell was a former Arvin employee whose benefits were handled by Myers. During the trial, a witness testified Hubbell was having difficulty getting insurance benefits and that Myers was treating him coldly.

The body of Myers, who was killed by strangulation, was discovered six months after her disappearance, at Teal Marsh in Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area north of Columbus.

On Nov. 4, 1999, a three-week trial concluded when a jury found Hubbell guilty of murder and criminal confinement.  One month later, then-Circuit Court Judge Stephen Heimann sentenced Hubbell to 75 years in prison.

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