Michael Devlin had already been charged with the kidnapping of William “Ben” Ownby. Now Michael Devlin is being charged with the armed kidnapping of Shawn Hornbeck as well. What will come next?
Washington County, Mo., prosecutor John Rupp said in a statement that Michael Devlin, 41, was charged with kidnapping and armed criminal action. The statement does not name Hornbeck, but uses the initials SCH.
A probable cause statement released by Rupp said Devlin “abducted SCH utilizing force for the purpose of terrorizing the victim. After securing SCH, Michael Devlin flourished a handgun in order to gain compliance of the minor child. Michael Devlin then transported him out of the county and concealed his whereabouts for four years and three months.” (Fox News)
Several life terms possible for Devlin, State, federal officials have claim to case.
ST. LOUIS – The charge Michael Devlin faces in the abduction of William “Ben” Ownby carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Investigators and lawyers familiar with criminal statutes said yesterday he is likely to be named on federal and state charges that could bring additional life terms. (Columbia Daily Tribune)
There will probably be even more charges against Michael Devlin in the future. The question on many peoples minds is did Michael Devlin have a past history of abducting boys that no one knows about? Has he done this before? Police are wondering whether Michael Devlin may be connected in any way to the 1991 disappearance of then age 11, Charles Arlin Henderson. If so, where is Charles Arlin Henderson?
The question has been raised by many as to what causes a hostage to stay with their captor even when they appear to have an opportunity to get away. If Devlin had anything to do with Henderson’s disappearance, is it possible that Hornbeck may have witnessed something and feared for his life? Michael Devlin was a master manipulator and prayed on children’s weaknesses. We must remember these boys were very young when they were kidnapped and threatened with harm. They are not adults, they are children.
What a surprise, Michael Devlin pleaded not guilty to kidnapping charges. How ironic and somewhat comical that Devlin’s defense attorney want to have the venue changed stating his client cannot get a fair trial because of the attention that this case has received. The irony being that Michael Devlin was allowed to carry on this secret life in having abducted Shawn Hornbeck because of the no attention he received in this area. Devlin was able to fly under the radar and fool everyone. Now that the tables are turned, Franklin County is unacceptable.
UNION, Mo. – A pizzeria worker pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of kidnapping a 13-year-old boy who was found four days later in the man’s apartment with another boy who had been missing for more than four years.
Devlin stood with his hands folded in front of his stomach, wearing orange jail-issued clothing. He mostly responded to the judge’s questions with yes or no answers and did not make a statement.
Devlin’s defense attorneys told reporters they wanted the case moved from Franklin County.
“There’s no way we can get a fair trial in this county with the amount of attention it’s gotten,” defense attorney Michael Kielty said.