Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Devlin Sentenced to a total of 70 Life Sentences! Federal Sentencing is next...

St. Louis County, MO: Michael J. Devlin appeared for his third sentencing appearance in the past two days.

(Watch Video: Charges against Devlin ~ CAUTION: Graphic Details! )

The afternoon court appearance was for all the charges filed in the county where Devlin lived, worked and sexually attacked Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby in the apartment where Devlin resided.
Devlin pled guilty to 2 counts of kidnapping and 69 counts of forcible sodomy in attacks on William "Ben" Ownby and Shawn Hornbeck.

Prosecutors said the combined pleas mean Devlin will not be eligible for parole until he is more than 100 years old. He was sentenced to three life terms plus 60 years in prison Tuesday, in addition to a life sentence he received Monday. (I hope he lives a looong time...)

Devlin admitted in graphic detail how he abducted Shawn in 2002. He described the point at which the boy apparently turned from being an abduction victim to a captive when he was forced to stay alive by following Devlin's horrific sexual and other orders.

After Shawn was abducted at gunpoint while riding his lime green bike in rural Washington County, Devlin took the then 11-year old to his apartment in suburban St. Louis where he repeatedly sodomized the boy. A few days later, Michael Devlin took Shawn back to Washington County with the intent to kill Shawn. Devlin said he pulled Shawn from his truck and began to strangle him when Shawn resisted.

"I attempted to kill (Shawn) and he talked me out of it." Devlin said. Devlin stopped the choking and sexually assaulted Shawn again.

County Prosecutors said it was at that point that Shawn told Devlin he would do whatever was asked of him in order to stay alive.

St. Louis County Assistant county prosecutor Rob Livergood outlined a bare-bones description of the charges against Devlin, staying primarily with a rendition of the indictment itself.

Livergood said that Devlin took Shawn to his apartment, tied him to a futon and went to work at his job at the Imo's pizza restaurant in downtown Kirkwood, MO. He said Devlin sexually assaulted and sodomized Shawn the entire time he was held captive. Devlin revealed graphic details in court about sexually abusing Shawn by anal penetration, oral penetration and digital penetration.

Devlin frequently photographed and videotaped the rapes and sexual assault- which Prosecutors said show a screaming victim, Shawn. Devlin said he began abusing Ben immediately after abducting him on Jan. 8, 2007. As he did with Shawn, Devlin tied up and sexually abused the boy several times before authorities found Ben and Shawn in Devlin’s apartment and rescued them on Jan. 12, 2007.

During the hearing this afternoon, Devlin never looked at the two boys’ parents; Don and Doris Ownby and Craig and Pam Akers, who sat together in the front row of the courtroom. Judge Seigel sentenced Devlin after the Akers each read a victim impact statement.

On Wednesday, Devlin will appear in the U.S. District courthouse in downtown St. Louis to answer to six federal charges; including, four counts of producing child porn and two counts of taking a child across state lines for sex.

* Watch Videos *
- Court: Charges against Devlin ~ CAUTION!
- Court: Devlin Enters Guilty Plea
Akers' Victim Impact Statement
- Punishment Recommendations
- Watch Michael Devlin get Sentenced & Addt'l Court Footage

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

why did you do that to those kids did they do something to you why