INDIANAPOLIS — The man convicted of shooting and killing Southport Police Lieutenant Aaron Allan was sentenced to 55 years in prison.

The sentence for Jason Brown was for a total of 58 years, with 55 years in prison and 3 years suspended to probation. Brown was found guilty of killing Lieutenant Allan after a crash in 2017.

Brown planned to appeal the sentence. The judge also ordered mental health and substance abuse counseling.

The sentencing decision came after an emotional day in court that included statements from Brown’s mother, Allan’s family and Brown himself, among others.

One of Brown’s sisters told the court he had an abusive childhood and lived in a house where drugs were being sold. Brown’s former employer said Brown had a “positive” attitude and never caused trouble at work.

Brown’s mother, Teresa, believes her son wasn’t in the right mind when he shot Allan. Defense attorneys contended Brown had suffered prior head injuries that clouded his judgment.

Lt. Aaron Allan

Prosecutors countered with Major Dawn Asbury, who told the court Allan was her best friend and said his death had a tremendous impact on her and the Southport Police Department.

Allan’s father, James, told the court his son loved hunting and music. He described him as a “caring” and “helping” person who served his country and community.

“That was your choice, Jason,” James Allen said in court, addressing Brown directly. “You pulled the trigger many times… he was there to help you and you took his life.”

He reminded the court that he would never see his son and his grandson would never see his father again.

Brown told the court he didn’t remember what happened on the day of Allan’s death. He apologized and sobbed while asking for forgiveness.

“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.”

Brown’s trial

Brown went on trial in February. He was convicted in front of a packed courtroom, with at least 20 Southport police officers in attendance.

Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears pulled the death penalty off the table in exchange for a bench trial instead of a jury trial. Allan’s family was concerned that in a jury trial the body-worn camera showing his death would somehow end up online where his son might someday see it.

During the bench trial, the judge took away the possibility of life in prison without parole.

Some members of Allan’s family, including his mother, originally expressed disappointment over the judge’s decision to not pursue the death penalty or life in prison without parole for Brown.

Allan’s death

Back in 2017, Brown was driving erratically when he rolled his car on Indianapolis’s south side.

Allan responded to the crash, and as he bent down to look inside the flipped-over vehicle to check on the driver, Brown pulled a gun and fired 18 shots, hitting Allan 11 times. 

While his defense argued that Brown suffered a seizure and wasn’t aware of his actions, the judge ultimately ruled he would have known that firing a gun at near point-blank range was certain to cause death.