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Jeffersonville man sentenced to 65 years in prison for 2012 murder

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James Washington James Washington
Dana Eisenback Dana Eisenback

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) – What started as an argument over $40 for a crack cocaine ends more than four years later when a judge ordered a 65-year prison term for the man convicted of killing 55-year-old Robert Eader of Jeffersonville.

Clark Circuit Judge Andrew Adams sentenced James Washington, 39, on Friday. A jury convicted him of murder and robbery in 2013. However, an appeals court ruled Washington was due a second sentencing because of an error by the previous judge in the case.

Washington’s new sentence includes 65 years for murder and 20 years for robbery to run concurrently.

WDRB News reported that police found Eader, stabbed to death, with his throat cut, in his apartment in downtown Jeffersonville in December 2012. Two days later, police arrested Washington, nicknamed “Scuddles,” and his girlfriend, Dana Eisenback. Court records showed each admitted the crime and said the motive stemmed from a dispute over a $40 debt tied to a crack cocaine deal.

Eisenback drove the getaway car after Washington killed Eader, court records said. A judge dropped Eisenback’s original murder and robbery charges in 2014.

Eisenback pleaded guilty to assisting a criminal and has already a two-year sentence, according to court records.

The state is holding Washington at Wabash Valley Correctional Center in Carlisle, Ind.

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