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Old 10-09-2007, 03:09 PM   #41
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I'm glad this didn't go to trial so it spared the victims from recounting or re-living their horrific ordeals.

Captor: Boy talked me out of killing him

POTOSI, Missouri (AP) -- A former pizzeria manager said Tuesday that he attempted to kill a boy he kidnapped and held captive in his apartment, but the child persuaded him not to do it.

Michael Devlin, 41, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, sexually assaulting and attempting to murder Shawn Hornbeck, and received multiple life sentences.

He pleaded guilty Monday to kidnapping another boy, and is expected to enter more guilty pleas in other courts.

During Tuesday's hearing, Devlin -- standing just feet away from Shawn's weeping parents -- 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 forced to stay alive by following Devlin's horrific orders.

After Shawn was abducted at gunpoint while riding his bike in rural Washington County, Devlin took the then-11-year-old to his apartment in suburban St. Louis where he repeatedly sexually assaulted the boy. Days later, Devlin took Shawn back to rural Washington County in his pickup truck, apparently intent on killing him.

He said he pulled Shawn from his truck and began to strangle him. Shawn resisted.

"I attempted to kill (Shawn) and he talked me out of it," Devlin said.

Devlin stopped the choking, but then sexually assaulted the boy again. Prosecutors said it was at that point that Shawn told Devlin he would do whatever was asked of him in order to stay alive.

"This boy made this contract, this deal with the devil, only to survive," Washington County prosecutor John Rupp said.

Devlin kidnapped William "Ben" Ownby in January, and police who found Ben four days after he was taken were shocked to discover a 15-year-old Shawn in Devlin's apartment.

Devlin pleaded guilty Monday to one charge of child kidnapping and one charge of armed criminal action in Ben's abduction.

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.

Rupp said he was satisfied with the sentences Devlin received.

"You heard it from his own mouth. You've heard what kind of a monster he is," Rupp said after the hearing.

Devlin's defense attorneys and Shawn's parents declined to comment Tuesday. Devlin was expected to plead guilty later Tuesday in St. Louis County to 71 felony charges, including kidnapping and sexual assault, and was to appear in federal court in St. Louis by Wednesday.

Devlin's attorneys have said he accepted a plea deal after reviewing the massive body of evidence collected by state and federal authorities. The boys' families said they were relieved because the pleas will spare the teens from testifying and reliving the ordeal.

"Nothing good could have come from a trial," said defense attorney Michael Kielty. "The evidence ... is just absolutely overwhelming."

CNN and The Associated Press usually do not identify suspected victims of sexual abuse in most cases, but the story of Shawn and Ben has been widely publicized and their names are well known.


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Old 10-09-2007, 04:43 PM   #42
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I'm so glad that guy was caught and stopped before he could harm any other kids. I wonder what O'Reilly will have to say now.

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Old 10-09-2007, 05:29 PM   #43
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All you can call this man is a monster. I'm glad he won't be able to hurt anyone again. My son is 11 and I just couldn't imagine nor do I want to.
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Old 10-09-2007, 07:14 PM   #44
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All you can call this man is a monster. I'm glad he won't be able to hurt anyone again. My son is 11 and I just couldn't imagine nor do I want to.
I totally agree. I have a five-year-old son, and shudder at the thought of a monster like Devlin getting ahold of him.

If they don't lock Devlin up in solitary confinement, he won't be long for this world. I think he's going to be ripped to shreds the moment the guard's back is turned. And it's no less than he deserves.
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Old 10-10-2007, 10:07 AM   #45
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Originally posted by MrsSpringsteen
I wonder what O'Reilly will have to say now.
So do I. He really owes the boy and his family an apology.

O'Reilly's comments when the boy was first rescued

"The situation here for this kid looks to me to be a lot more fun than what he had under his old parents," O’Reilly said.

"He didn’t have to go to school. He could run around and do whatever he wanted," he said.

Guest commentator Greta Van Susteren responded that some kids, including Hornbeck, like school.

"Well, I don’t believe this kid did," O’Reilly replied. "And I think when it all comes down, what’s going to happen is there was an element here that this kid liked about his circumstances."

At the St. Louis County hearing, prosecutors said Devlin kept Shawn tied for weeks to a futon or a couch, with duct tape over his mouth. Devlin left the boy alone when he went to work at the pizzeria during the days and returned at night to sexually assault him.

Prosecutors said Devlin also made a videotape of himself torturing Shawn while the boy screamed for him to stop.
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I have the feeling he won't say anything. Or it will be revisionist history.

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